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Potala Palace

--The No.1 must-visit attraction in Tibet

Potala Palace is the highest palace and one of the most famous architectural wonder in the world built on the escarpments of Red Hill. It is the center of the city of Lhasa, the house of treasure of Tibetan history, religion, culture and art, the winter palace of Dalai Lama, and it is also the start of your travel in Tibet, and essential part of your life journey. The palace is simple, but grand exterior hides the exquisite interiors covered with beautiful frescos and priceless works of art, so no visitors have failed to be humbled by this amazing structure. The Potala Palace was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1994.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century about 1,300 years ago. Because of the damage made by a war, the structure was rebuilt in the 17th century by the Fifth Dalai Lama. Repeated repairs and expansions until the year of 1645 finally brought the palace to its present scale. The palace consists of 2 main parts: the Red palace and the White palace. The main building has 13 stories with 117 meters high, and it composed the Hall of Stupas of successive Dalai Lamas and halls of Buddhas. The White palace is the residence of the Dalai Lama and place for handling political and religious affairs. The Potala Palace is made of wood and stones. The walls are all made of granite, and the roofs are all made of wood. The overhanging eaves, the upturned roof comers, the gilded brass tiles and pillars all inscribed with with Buddhist scriptures, bottles, and makara fish as well as the gold-winged bird decoration the roof ridges contribute much to the beauty of the hip-an-gable roofs.

Potala Palace is the religious center of Tibetan Buddhism. It housed a school for religious training of monks as well as one of Tibet's major pilgrimage destinations for the tombs of past Dalai Lamas.

In both Red Palace and White Palace, kept lots of precious statues, especially the 2 meters high statue of Tsong Khapa(in East Chapel), a silver statue of Padmasambhava(in South Chapel),and statues of Sakyamuni, Dalai Lamas and Medicine Buddha(in North Chapel And the murals as well as most inner decoration are about Tibet Buddhism.

Tibet Potala Palace

Tibet Potala Palace

Potala Palace is also an art treasure of Tibet. For more than 300 years, Potala Palace has treasured many culture relics such as murals, stupas, statues, thangkas, and rare sutra. Mural art is a magnificent part of Potala Palace. Every room, even everywhere inside the palace, is decorated with colorful, vivid murals. And the 698 murals along the painted second-floor corridor are the most extraordinary, depicting Buddhist stories and the unique scenery, customs and legends of ancient Tibet.

Furthermore, there are also lots of exquisitely-made tangka hanging on the walls.

Potala Palace is indeed a No.1 must-see for both visitors and researchers.

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