Dege is the cultural heart of Kham and a great place to experience traditional Tibetan culture and a centuries-old way of life.

It is most famous for the Dege Parkhang, an ancient printing house devoted to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, texts and literature. Founded in 1729, the institution is estimated to hold nearly 70% of all the hand-engraved print blocks in Tibet. Considered both a holy place and a national treasure, pilgrims travel to Dege to circumambulate the publishing house and its invaluable contents.

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