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Potala Palace

No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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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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Houston, Texas, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

WOW, what an amazing place. I feel blessed to have been provided with an opportunity to visit it and soak in all it has to offer. I could truly imagine the Dalai Lama living here. While almost all of the 1000 rooms are closed to the public, some very beautiful ones are open, including the DL's private quarters complete with... More

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

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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Huntington Beach, California
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102 attraction reviews
357 helpful votes 357 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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