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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 56 Attractions in Lhasa
4.5 of 5 stars 983 Reviews
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Religious Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Owner description: The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.
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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

3 of my friends and I began our journey from Kumming and took bus rides throught the mountains and crossed river heading to Lhasa back in 2012. Potala Place is the destination somehow for most of us on the road even though we are nowhere near a buddhist. Somehow it is not as incredible as I have imagined when I... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Being a world heritage site, Potala palace is one of the most beautiful palace in the world, its also called winter palace of 5th Dalai Lama until now is the 14th Dalai Lama. On the way to the palace gate, we can see many people mostly pilgrimage nomads doing prostrate, step by step, which we hardly see elsewhere. When we... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to climb up heaps of staircases, especially when you have altitude sickness going on! Going up less than half a flight of stairs would already leave you out of breath. That said, the views from up there were priceless. Completely mesmerized by the aerial view of Lhasa city against the dramatic landscape behind. However, inside the palace looked... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Potala Palace is a place one should try to visit in their lifetime. The palace itself from the outside is breathtaking and very beautiful esp with a clear sky. Inside of the palace, it is very spiritual and one can appreciate it as a Buddhist and non Buddhist alike. Bring plenty of small change to use as donation and small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I really enjoyed this place, it was highlight of our Lhasa sightseeing. Although no pictures can be taken inside, we were able to make some pictures in the courtyards. View from the palace on Lhasa and mountains was incredible :-)

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited Potala Palace in Nov, during the off peak season, so there were not many visitors, and we could take our time to climb the steep stairs and admire the gorgeous architecture.

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San Dimas, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The climb to the temples is tough, but you can do it at your own pace. The interior visit is limited to one hour, but that clock starts when you actually get to the entry of the temples. While some areas had spiritual overtones, I was disappointed to see monks on their smart phones and tablets sitting around the various... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Even though only about 20-25 rooms are open to the public, those rooms are spectacular. No photos are allowed inside the palace, so do buy one of the commemorative photo books they sell. Be prepared for lots of steps and pushy Chinese tourists.

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Arvada, Colorado
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a must see place in Lhasa. Considerable walking involved and they try to keep you moving. Lots of historical and religious artifacts, but not much being done to preserve them from the air and smoke from the Yak candles burning everywhere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Not to by missed! I did enjoyed taking countless pics during the evening and i visited the palace early in the morning. However i must say that the place was overcrowded, most of the times my tour guide could not be heard and the details on the wallpaintings were hard to see. In the end of the tour i was... More 

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