Zangla Monastery is home to around 150 lamas and is located near a ruined hilltop castle and an old nunnery. It has some notable wall paintings. Zangla is the central point on the Padum-Stongdey-Zangla-Karsha-Padum trip, covering most of the cultural sites of Zanskar including the Zangla monastery.
The Hungarian scholar Sándor Kőrösi Csoma edited the first English-Tibetan dictionary while living at Zangla Monastery in 1823. The dictionary was published in 1824.