Situated on a hillock in Shey, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) to the south of Leh in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road, the Shey Monastery or Gompa and the Shey Palace complex are the most monumental structures. Before, Shey used to be the summer capital of Ladakh. A huge Shakyamuni Buddha statue is contained in it. In Ladakh. it is famous as the second-largest Buddha statue. The original palace was built near the Shey village, now in ruins, and was built by Lhachen Palgyigon, the king of Ladakh (then called Maryul), in the 10th century. During his invasion of Ladakh in the 16th century, the Moghul noble Mirza Haidar Dughlat stayed here. On the instructions of Deldan Namgyal, the current Shey Palace and Monastery were also built in 1655 in memory of his late father, Sengge Namgyal, below the first palace. For its giant copper gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha, the monastery is mostly noted.