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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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Heidelberg, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Hi Tibet is awesome. Went from Lhasa to Kathmandu. but please be aware of tibetttour.org agency DONT TRUST THEM. It is a disaster! Guides speak just a bit of English, they dont know anything about Tibet or they just dont want to say a word. Transport is even worse. They dont use 4WD just a dusty, old city bus. They... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Being on the roof of the world is definitely quite an experience. Had always wanted to visit Tibet ever since my return from one of its nearest neighboring countries in 2006, Nepal but never managed to do so till recently and was sure glad that I did it. Tibet, used to be the mysterious, legendary, hidden and almost unreachable behind... More

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Varkala, India
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39 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

the potala palace is truly wonderful, home of the Dalai Lamas, it has about 350 steps to get to the top, and you are at altitude so it is a tiring thing to do, but so worth it...everything is original, you will not be dissapointed, you only get one hour inside so you have to keep moving when you are... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

History, beauty, architecture. A sight to behold. The whole complex is so majestic and it boggles the mind how this could have been constructed. Sights, views, Dalai Lama history, and more.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A little hard to climb all the way up if it's only yoursecond or third day in Lhasa, but certianly worth it!

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Definitely do not miss Potala Palace. It was a wonderful visit. Across the road from the palace there is a view point which gives excellent photo opportunities. When we were there in September, there were 2 "just married" couples taking their wedding photos there with Potala Palace as the background. You will see Tibetans on their pilgrimage, walking around the... More

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Beautiful,majestic, but felt like museum somehow, without energy or joy. Packed with chinese tourists, crazy

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Potala Palace is an impressive structure. It requires endurance and hard work to complete those steps to see the palace. We were only allowed to see a small portion of the palace. It was well worth it. The sky was blue and the air was fresh. This is one of the place to visit once in our life time. The... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Great history and cultural tour. Try to not use a Guide, since the tour guide has time limit from the Palace admin.

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BC, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This has been on my travel wish list for a long time. For some unknown reason, I have an obsession on Potala Palace, and finally I managed to fulfil my wish in my seventies. I managed to climb the many stairs/steps to the top of the Palace and also to inspect the so-called highest toilet in the world with an... More

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