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Potala Palace

No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
0891-6822896,0891-6826334
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Ranked #1 of 57 attractions in Lhasa
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Religious Sites
Description: The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.
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Newport Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It is absolutely stunning. I highly recommend you visiting it at some point in your life. As the seat of one of the world's great religion, it does not disappoint. You will love it. Watch "Seven Years in Tibet" for a bit of history before you go!

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

... a few things were an issue. Firstly, an awfully long and bureaucratic process to be admitted! Arrive well before the gates open, and having an accredited local guide means you wait less time (different queue). Also, make sure the form is filled in EXACTLY as per your passport otherwise they will turn you away -as one of our party... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Awe inspiring must see place, ranks up there amongst the top sights to see in China. I loved it. Make sure to acclimatize if you are not used to high altitudes. Lots of stairs can have you huffing and puffing.

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Taguig City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This iconic representation of Lhasa does not disappoint. You have not been to Lhasa without visiting the Potala Palace. Remember it's a 1-hour timed tour and be in the gate 30 minutes earlier. When i was there, a local guide was required for foreigners. This place is very reach in history and marvelous architecture. Do not miss the afternoon crowd... More

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Busselton, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were rushed through and could not linger long enough and look at all the wonders this amazing building has to offer. The Kora around the Potala however was so enjoyable, no one seemed to mind us foreigners busily spinning the prayer wheels, what a privilege.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The icon of Lhasa, a fascinating structure with great views out over the city many intriguing internal rooms and places of worship inside the building itself and a roque toy recurring overpowering smell of Yak butter lamps! Imbued with a sense of history and potency from the past this should not be missed! Note the juxtaposition of the large public... More

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Bordeaux, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Very interesting but you have to be fit to get there... Make sure you have your own guide....and ask for a Tibetant one.......you will then get the real history.....NOT the chinese version!

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

there were so many stairs!!! but it was really enlightening non-the-less. Make sure you dress for the weather and take in as much as possible. doesn't hurt to be physically fit too :P

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

As far as all the temples and palaces you will see in Tibet, Potala Palace is definitely one of the more unique and memorable ones you will come across. Built on the side a mountain (that in itself is a feat) you need to walk up several flights of stairs to make it to the palace grounds. The altitude alone... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

in the high season you will only have 1 hour to get in and out, so take note of that, also tight security and no liquid allowed.

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