Overlooking the town of Leh, the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa stands perched precariously on the crag behind Leh palace. Built by King Tashi Namgyal, it dates back to the year 1430. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa at Ladakh houses a three-story high solid gold idol of Maitrieya Buddha (future Buddha, also known as the laughing Buddha). Also present inside is a statue of Avaloketesvara and Manjushri, approximatyely one story high, along with numerous manuscripts and frescoes.
Namgyal Tsemo Monastery of Leh Ladakh offers breathtakingly beautiful views of the town of Leh. There is also a fort near the monastery, however, now it stands mostly in ruins. There are a number of associated temples also, which remain open only during morning and evening. During this time, a monk comes from Sankar Gompa to attend to the butter-lamps in front of the images.