Yabshi Phunkhang

Lhasa | First Class

Behind the modest façade of a traditional courtyard house in Lhasa’s Chengguan district, the Yabshi Phunkhang hotel provides cosy, laid-back accommodation ideal for exploring the temples and markets of Tibet’s principal city. Originally built in the mid-19th century for the parents of the 11th Dalai Lama, this heritage hotel has been carefully restored into a characterful boutique that combines historic charm with modern facilities.

The wooden beams and supports within the building have been brightly repainted in traditional Tibetan style, with deep reds, greens, golds and blues giving each space an eye-catching vibrancy. Bold paintings and Buddhist artefacts reflect the site’s historical significance, and a variety of rich fabrics and soft furnishings create a homely ambiance. The traditional decoration is balanced against modern elements, including contemporary en-suite facilities, and plain, pale walls to heighten the natural light coming in through the tall windows. Every room has a unique character, ranging from bijou doubles to some particularly spacious suites, including one with a private terrace.

At the centre of the hotel is a quiet courtyard and pretty garden where you can enjoy a few peaceful moments with a cup of Tibetan tea, and the lobby gallery offers an irresistible opportunity to buy a piece of local art to take home. A simple range of dishes is available from the hotel kitchen, or you can venture out to one of the nearby restaurants to sample other traditional fare. Just a short walk away is the revered Jokhang temple; join the kora around the perimeter and through the bustling Barkhor market, or simply watch the monks and pilgrims make their way to the holy site from the cool shade of the hotel.


Beijing East Road, Chengguan


  • Your Accommodation
    • 21 rooms & villas
    • First Class room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • Restaurant
    • Coffee bar
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Courtyard
    • Garden
    • Lounge areas
    • Art gallery
    • Meditation room

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