Langzisha, Tibet's old prison, is under repairs for the second time since a decade of turmoil ended in China in 1976, at a cost of 500,000 yuan (about 60,241 US dollars).
Losang Jigme, the repair chief, said on Friday the reconstruction team would repair all walls, the roof of the three-story building, all nine cells of the prison, a court for trial and the control room.
Losang pledged that they would try their utmost to complete therepairs before May next year. The renovated prison will be opened to public as a tourist destination.
Situated at the northern section of the downtown Bargor Street in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Langzisha is a typical example of Tibetan architecture covering an area of 720 sqm. It was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the middle of the 17th century. The building was originally meant to be the government headquarters of the old Lhasa city, but it was later turned into a prison.
Langzisha was shut on March 28, 1959 when the democratic reform was carried out in Tibet and was used as a school.
Due to long years of disrepair and humidity damage, some walls of the former prison are on the verge of collapse, said Losang, stressing that Tibetan construction expertise and skills would be employed to keep with the original style of Langzisha.