Ü, Lhoka

The building represents a typical farmers building of the last decades. It is estimated to be around 50 years old and it one of the oldest residential buildings that can be found in the area.
The lower level of the building is constructed of stones. The masonry is bound with mud mortar. The upper floor is constructed with sun dried mud bricks. The exterior walls are plastered with loam and whitewashed with chalk. The building shows many characteristics typical of the central Tibetan architectural visual identity. Like the whitewashed battered walls, the flat roof and the traditional door and window styles. The doors and windows are decorated with timber miniature eves known as Shingtsak. The black plastered frame around the windows and doors is another typical element. White stones named Peyang are placed on all corner tops. The placing of Peyangs ranges back to Bön traditions. The elevated corners called Lhatsu are also commonly found in the area. All Lhatsus and Peyang serve as protectors to the inhabitants of the house.
An offering stove Sankhu is build into the south wall of the central terrace. Tsampa and incense are burned daily in the morning within the stove. The stove faces north in the direction of the Jokhang in Lhasa.

Lhoka Prefecture, Mendru Khang Villageདབུས་ལྷོ་ཁ་ས་ཁུལ་ཆིམ་ཤའ་ཁང།

Main entrance door, May 2013 © HVA 2014

Survey sketch of south-east elevation, May 2013 © HVA 2014

Timber window of the living room, May 2013 © HVA 2014

Survey sketch of Main entrance door, May 2013 © HVA 2014