Kongpo Drula Gonpa is the oldest and largest monastery in the region, founded by KhenChen Dawa Sangpo in 14th centurie. Kongpo Drula KhenChen is the highest Lama of Kongpo tribe. Kongpo was an area of southeastern Tibet in the premodern period. Tsagong was one of the holy places of Kongpo and still is. Thang Tong Gyalpo, a famous architect and yogi, founded Manmogang Monastery, where the original Samding Dorje Phagmo died. Nearby are the mines from which Thang Tong Gyalpo obtained the iron for some of his bridges.
- Sonam Dolma Brauen (born 1953), Tibetan-Swiss Contemporary painter and sculptor