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was once the capital of the largest and most influential of the five Kingdoms of Kham. The crafts of Derge, particularly in printing and metal work here renowned throughout Tibet. The monastery of Derge Gonchen was built in the 17 th century by the Derge King Lachen Jampa Phuntsok and became the most important centre for the Ngorpa order of the Sakya school in east Tibet.

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