Zangla Monastery

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Zangla Fort
Kőrösi Csoma Sándor.jpg
Sándor Kőrösi Csoma who studied the Tibetan language at the monastery in 1823-4
AffiliationTibetan Buddhism
LocationZangla, Zanskar, Kargil district, Ladakh, India
Zangla Monastery is located in Ladakh
Zangla Monastery
Location within India
Zangla Monastery is located in India
Zangla Monastery
Zangla Monastery (India)
Geographic coordinates33°40′12″N 76°58′48″E / 33.67000°N 76.98000°E / 33.67000; 76.98000Coordinates: 33°40′12″N 76°58′48″E / 33.67000°N 76.98000°E / 33.67000; 76.98000

Current day Zangla Village has no monastery, only a nunnery. Zangla Palace is sometimes called Zangla Monastery due to a mistake made first probably by Tivadar Duka, biographer of Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, and later by Ervin Baktay, an Indologist who visited Zangla in 1928 to identify the locations related to Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, and suffering from malaria fever, described Zangla Palace - probably due to the Shrine and some monks living there - as a Monastery.

Tsazar Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in the village of Tsa-zar, 6 kilometres from Zangla, Zanskar, Kargil district, Ladakh, northern India, formerly part of the Zangla Kingdom.

Tsazar Monastery is home to a few number of lamas and it has some notable wall paintings.

The Hungarian scholar Sándor Kőrösi Csoma edited the first Tibetan-English dictionary while living at Zangla Palace in 1823. The dictionary was published in 1824.[1]


  1. ^ Lussier, Mark, Enlightenment East and West:An Introduction to Romanticism and Buddhism, Arizona State University