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The Potala Palace

* The landmark of Lhasa, used to be the winter palace for the Dalai Lamas.
History: Built from the 7th century.
Distance from downtown: 0Km / 0Hours Drive 
Entrance fee: RMB 200 per person 
Open Hours: 09:00—16:30
* Address:  No.35, Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomrous Region, China  
*  Best visiting time: June - October

The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace
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 Aptly named after Mount Potalaka, the sacred mountain abode of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara, the Potala Palace has been identified in different ages as the residence of Tibet’s two illustrious and kingly emanations o Avalokiteshvara - Songtsen Gampo during the seventh century and Dalai Lama V during the 17th century. The building which towers above the city of Lhasa rises from the slopes of Mount Marpori, for which reason it is known locally as Tse Podrang (‘summit palace’). The outer section, known as the White Palace has functioned ad the traditional seat of government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, while the inner section known as the Red Palace contains outstanding temples and the reliquary tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas. In terms of global perception, it is this relic of Tibet's past, present, and future national aspirations, more than any other, which uniquely symbolizes the country, like the Great Wall in China or the Vatican in Italy. This 13-storeyed edifice was among the world’s tallest buildings prior to the advent of the 20th century skyscraper, and undoubtedly the grandest building in Tibet. It has many external vantage points – from the outer circumambulatory path (lingkhor), from Kumalingka Island, from the outer circumambulatory path (lingkhor), from Kumalingka Island, from the adjacent Chakpori Hill, From the Jokhang roofs, and so forth , Wherever one goes in downtown Lhasa, the resplendent golden roofs of the Potala are visible on the skyline.

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