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Visit Us at LAMO


The LAMO Centre is comprised of two historical houses, belonging to the Munshi and Gyaoo families. These residences are some of the best remaining examples of Ladakh’s vernacular architecture of the early 17th century. While the Munshi was the king’s secretary, the Gyaoo were artisans. 


A visit to the LAMO Centre will take you through the spaces of the two historical houses, including their winter and summer kitchens, open courtyards, storage rooms for grain, and temple. Though these have now been converted by LAMO and adapted for other uses, the basic structures of these spaces, and their historical use, still remain.


The restored houses are now a space to showcase the arts and culture of the region, with exhibition galleries, a library, screening room, sound studio, meeting room and open-air performance site. The Centre is designed to conduct art residencies, lectures, film screenings, research and documentation projects, workshops and exhibitions that showcase Ladakh’s material and visual culture, performing arts and literature. 


In keeping with Ladakh’s historical significance as a region of intercultural interaction, today LAMO emphasizes the importance of a meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and provides opportunities for immersion into a unique culture. A visit to LAMO will introduce you to Ladakh’s history, art practices and material culture, as well as the contemporary art forms emerging from the region.

For visiting without an appointment, check our opening hours. For groups over five, please contact us.

Heritage Walk with LAMO

Embark on a walk that will take you through the Old Town of Leh. Starting from Leh Palace at the top or the Jama Masjid in the main street, the walk will take you through winding labyrinth-like narrow pathways and past artisanal workshops, wood-fired bakeries, and historical buildings. The area is steeped in history, rich in cultural heritage, vernacular architectural forms, and both traditional and contemporary art practices.

Exploring this area one encounters the ruins of the old walled city of Leh, quiet passages that ...

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