Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the Song Zan Lin monastery has a delightful setting against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery. The monastery was founded in 1679 by the fifth Dalai Lama and completed 2 years later. At the height of its importance the monastery housed over 3,000 monks. The Dhondrupling monastery belongs to Tibet's predominant Yellow Hat school of Buddhism, which is headed by the Dalai Lama. The monastery, once renowned for its printing of Buddhist scriptures, was completely destroyed during the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution but has been rebuilt and restored to its former glory. Today it houses around 300 monks and receives few visitors, which makes for a tranquil and peaceful visit.