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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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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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Brimpsfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Steeped in History and architecturally splendid. The entire atmosphere was very special and the beauty of the artwork alone made it worth a visit.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I was so glad that I had a chance to visit there. Tourists were allowed only an hour inside, and there were many people, so we had to skip some part and (almost) run at the end.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I visited Tibet in August 2014 with a relative. This review is obliquely written because of extensive monitoring by authorities so please read between lines. We hired a fantastic local guide who took us from Lhasa to Shigatse to Lake Namtso and back to Lhasa after 8 days. The Potala Palace is a wonderful testament to a culture that has... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I've seen photos of the Potala Palace for many years and wondered what it would be like to visit. I was able to visit on July 14, 2014. It is huge and the largest of them all! I can only add to what has been written by so many others that one should not rush to this magnificent structure as... More

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Brunei Darussalam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Yes!!! The Potala Palace - we made it here :) and got out of breath climbing the stairs from bottom to the top but it paid off big time. It is so huge and consist of several huge stupa-tombs of the previous great dalai lama. Definitely the most valuable depot in Tibet. A giant treasure palace of ancient materials and... More

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Chongqing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

dislike: can only follow the route and cannot walk around freely, and too many visitors like: such a stunning castle full of historical treasures and holy prayers

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Dusseldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The visit to the Potala Place was above any expectation I had. It was a long time I wanted to go and the view from outside it's just impressive! Inside it's huge and the number of pilgrims visiting it gives even a better feeling of the spirituality.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Beautiful and iconic, but there's really no need to go right to the palace. It's a tiring climb and acclimatisation will be an issue for most. By Western standards, they get a straight fail from me with regards to safety issues for the elderly or disabled. The ladders within the palace are worse....Up there, there is nothing much to see... More

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Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There are many temples in Tibet. If you do not have a lot of time, simply go visiting Potala Palace. Even it is more or less becoming a tourist showcase and has lost its genuine characters, the architecture itself is still one of the greatest wonders in the world. One advice: Don't bother to donate any money to temples in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There are no words can be to describe how beautiful and majestic it is. Tibet is a very mysterious place!

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