The paintings of the monastery can be traced back to the period between the 10th and the 11th century. On the other hand, the paintings of the main temple showcase the artistic style of the period between the 15th and the 20th century. As a convergent point of Tibetan and Indian cultures, Tabo became the birthplace of a new fusion art style known as the Indo-Tibetan style. Amongst the prominent temples of the ancient monastery in Tabo, the Temple of the Enlightened Gods, the Golden Temple and the Mystic Mandala Temple are worth mentioning. The Temple of the Enlightened Gods, also known as the Tug-Lha-khang, has an assembly hall, a sanctum and an entrance hall. A four-fold figure of the Vairocana, one of five spiritual sons of the Adi-Buddha, sits in the assembly hall. Originally constructed using pure gold, the Golden Temple was modified in the 16th century by Sengge Namgyal, an erstwhile king of Ladakh. The Mystic Mandala Temple, also known as the Initiation Temple, displays a huge painting of the Vairocana surrounded by eight Bodhisattvas or enlightened beings.
The Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple is popular for a gigantic 20 ft tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha, also known as the Laughing Buddha or the Buddha of the Future. Carved doorways and picturesque mural paintings on the walls are the highlights of the Temple of Dromton, which is also known as the Brom-ston Lha-khang. The Larger Temple of Dromton, a later addition to the complex, is the second largest temple located in the Tabo Monastery complex with a floor spread over 70 sq m. The portico along with the niche of the temple adds another 42 sq m to the size. The Mahakala Vajra-bhairava Temple has been christened as the Temple of Horror. It is named so because it houses numerous idols of protective deities of the Gelukpa sect of Buddhism that are known for their ferocity. Apart from various temples, Tabo Monastery consists of numerous Tibetan paintings that are displayed for visitors in the Chamber of Picture Treasures, which is also known as the Z'al-ma.