of the Ancient Tibetan Kings
an area of 3 square km, the Chongye Burial
Mounds are located on Mulou Mountain in
Chongye County in the south east of Lhasa.
This is one of the few Tibetan sights that
illustrates the existence of of a pre- Buddhist
culture here. Despite the fact that most
of the kings buried here are now associated
with the rise of Buddhism, evidence suggests
that an earlier Bon faith existed. Archaeological
discoveries suggest that burial was widespread
between the 7th and 9th centuries here,
when the Tibetan Gampo kings were buried
at the sight. It is said that King Songtsen
Gampo and the Tang princess Wen Chen, are
buried here as well as several other Kings
and Queens. On the facade of a large stone
tablet here are ancient Tibetan inscriptions
singing the praise of the king's achievements.
The inscriptions are still visible after
thousands of years. Songsten Gampo's tomb
is the biggest here with a small temple
standing on top of it.
to historical documents, there were originally
13 tombs at the site although today only
three are visible. The tombs appear to be
arranged randomly and are all rectangular
shaped with plain tops. All the tombs are
a different size, and some are as high as
10 meters. Erosion means that many of the
tombs only resemble mounds today.
There are spectacular
views from the furthest tomb, the
Tomb of King Trisong Detsen. This
is about a one hour climb from the
other sights, but it is worth it for
the great views over the valley below.