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by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
Published under the THL Digital Text License.

General site characteristics

DzongserRdzong ser is located on an eponymous hill in the Belro TsangpoSbal ro gtsang po valley, approximately 10 km upstream of where the river debouches into Kering TsoSke ring mtsho.232 This conspicuous rocky hilltop is quite defensible and keeps watch over a wide area, as do many archaic cultural summit installations of Upper Tibet. The narrow, flat hilltop has a north-south oriented axis, and rises 50 m above the surrounding basin. The site is dominated by an all-stone corbelled edifice known as Kyi PukSkyid phug (Happiness Retreat), which is situated on the north end of the DzongserRdzong ser summit. This important monument was desecrated during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Some attempt has been made to rehabilitate the site, but these efforts have been of limited effectiveness. Sadly, Kyi PukSkyid phug, one of Upper Tibet’s only continuously inhabited archaic cultural edifices now languishes in a state of disrepair. To the north and east of the site there are very extensive marshy pastures, which are likely to have played an important economic role in the founding and maintenance of DzongserRdzong ser. Kyi PukSkyid phug was probably originally founded as an elite residence and stronghold, only to assume a Buddhist identity at a later date. This analysis of its architectural history is in keeping with the local oral tradition.


[232] For the 1999 survey of this site, see Bellezza, Antiquities of Northern Tibet, 88-89.

Note Citation for Page

John Vincent Bellezza, (Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010), .

Bibliographic Citation

John Vincent Bellezza. . Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010.