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Address: No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road, Chengguan District | Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a...

The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.

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Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa
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Beautiful place, need to be fast though

We visited the palace in October, so it was not very busy. The place is interesting but the very evident presence of guards and Chinese government makes it less "spiritual" than I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Once11travel

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the palace in October, so it was not very busy. The place is interesting but the very evident presence of guards and Chinese government makes it less "spiritual" than I was expecting. The tour guides are quite reluctant to talk about the Dalai Lama or the religious and political importance of the place so I recommend you read... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit! Climbing the steps is a challenge but well worth it in the end. Landmark of Lhasa.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A person could wax lyrical about their visit to the Potala Palace, but what would be the point. Words simply would not do it justice. Somewhere in the world you should visit. Remember to take a local guide.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hike up is well worth the effort. Suggest you go up on top of the roof and take in the views over the city below. The monks are very friendly and I felt very calm and spiritual in a comfortable environment.

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Elbert Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our "Bucket List" locations Not for the weak of heart...Lots of steps to the top .... rooms with Icons and artifacts quite dark! One hell of a view!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have decided to go to Lhasa, you know for sure about the Potala Palace. You have already seen thousand of pictures online and offline. What you don't know is that you are going to visit, in my persona opinion, one of the most powerful and touching opera human being has been able to create. When you stand in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This amazing monastery is in the city, not so far from central. Plenty of tourists who visit , lots of locals who pray and walk around clock wise the place. Huge and high place. Take your time to take the stairs due to altitude. Slow and rest if out of breath. Prepare sweet/candy and for dizziness. Limited people who can... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found the palace standing on the hillside is great view from outside, it has a lot of steps to climb, make sure you are fit enough with those steps. Inside the palace was great, a lot of historical statues, paintings, etc, some rooms are not allowed to visit. Many of the monasteries in Tibet are more or less the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the #1 place to go in Llasa. It is imponent from the outside. Prepare to spend at least one hour. Dalai Lama rooms is something we saw. A large number os statues too.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience and highly recommend a visit! We went with 'Explore Tibet' and our guide was very knowledgable.

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