The former residence of Tsangyang Gyatso, the 6th Dalai Lama, has been approved to be the Tibet's historical and cultural site under government protection, which is of significance to the study of Tsangyang Gyatso’s life story.
Tsangyang Gyatso is a famous poet in Tibetan history besides his religious and political identity, having composed dozens of vintage poems. In early 20th century, Zeng Jian, a scholar then working at Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission of Republic of China, collected poems of Tsangyang Gyatso and translated them into ancient style Chinese poetry.
Zeng's contemporary, another venerable academic and tibetologist, Yu Daoquan, also translated Tsangyang Gyatso's poems, not only into modern Chinese but English.
Tsangyang's former residence is located in Tsona county, Lhoka prefecture. The residence was built by Sangye Gyatso, another historical figure in Tibet, after he found the 6th Dalai Lama.
The old home of Tsangyang was a two-story house originally. It was owned by local government of the county before liberation, but became privately owned and started rotting for lack of upkeep after liberation. Having been severely corroded by rain, only the ground story survived with tumbledown timbers.
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