Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Potala Palace

The Potala Palace is probably the most recognizable place in Tibet–outside of Mt. Everest anyway. The Potala Palace has been the residence of the Dalai Lamas since 1648. The current Dalai Lama fled Chinese forces in 1959 during China’s Cultural Revolution.

Somebody get me a wide angle lens!
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The structure is very magnificent and is one of the first things you see as you approach Lhasa. It is divided into the White Palace (built by the fifth Dalai Lama) and the Red Palace (built around 1690). The Potala Palace is at an altitude of about 12,000 feet.

Unlike the Jokhang, the Potala Palace is more like a museum than an active religious site. There are many, many rooms thoughout the mazelike palace with shelves of Tibetian books, Buddhist shrines, Gold tombs of previous Dalai Lamas etc. etc. Overall, its pretty rad.

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No pictures are allowed inside the Palace so here are more of the cool architecture.

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August 30, 2007 - Posted by | China, Tibet, Travel

1 Comment »

  1. Rad? Now you’re picking up Francie’s phrases?

    You guys need to get home – quick.

    🙂

    Comment by paul | August 30, 2007 | Reply


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