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Potala Palace

Address: No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
Phone Number: 0891-6822896,0891-6826334
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Ranked #1 of 71 things to do in Lhasa
Type: Architectural buildings, Castles, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Castles, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

You simply have to come and see it if in Tibet! Although there isn't actually much to do other than look at it and look at the view from it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

the most beautiful Buddhist sacred building in the world. You need to take your time at an altitude of 3500 m it can be exhausting. Beautiful contrasts. I would recommend going.

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Xi'an, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We have visited Lhasa around August in 2014 and happened to meet Shoton Festival. Patala Palace is the most important palace to pay a visit. Legend has it that in the 7th century, to greet his bride Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty of China. This huge Palace is composed of 2 parts, the Red Palace as the center... More 

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Really few places can give you a similar and long lasting emotion! It is an imponent building standing on top of Marpo Ri (red hill) in the heart of Lhasa (Lhasa in Tibetan means: land of Gods). The building originally served as the administration of Tibet government, not just as a residence for the Dalai Lama. it has more than... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

obviously a must see if you are in town. It gets a bit busy with tourists as you would expect but it has so many interesting rooms and rich history. I'd like to spend a couple days just wandering around

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Nürnberg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We have visited Tibet in October 2014 for 9 days. As part of our tour we also spend 4 days in Lhasa to acclimatize after we arrived with the train from Xining. The tour in Lhasa was very interesting and we enjoyed spending time here and enjoying the spirit of the city. We have been in the Potala place for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Tibet is so different from the other countries I've visited and most of the monasteries feel really zen and peaceful. The architecture of the palace was really quite majestic coupled with the blue skies. The climb up took a while, but it was worth it. Not to be missed if you are in Lhasa!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Although an absolutely amazing iconic place (iconic to me because it symbolises Tibet and the Dalai Lama's old home), I felt very sad that there are now very few monks there and it is all controlled by the Chinese government. Having walked around the rooms that the Chinese allowed a foreigner to do so, it was amazing to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Did the normal trip to this heritage site. Excellent views of the city. It is an awe inspiring site. Warning the hike to the top of the palace is quite demanding but well worth the journey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

If you have seen "Seven Years in Tibet" this place will come alive within you. It is a splendid place to visit but remember your tour guide is in good standing with the Chinese government so trust what they say but verify it when you get home. The 14th Dali Lama that they speak of is the same one that... More 

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