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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
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
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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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 attraction reviews
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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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Kosmos
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My interest in Tibetan Buddhism was newly acquired after seeing some movies and also some important books and as usual, it became an objective to visit the Highest place of Tibetan Buddhism, Our first place of visit in Tibet was this place on 22nd Sept. We started in the morning around 8 AM and after circling half of the palace... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Our visit on day 2 of our stay in Lhasa was breathtaking. Although the alitude made you climb slowly the stairs this enourmous building is the attraction of Tibet. Especially the 'graves' of the former daila lama's are very impressive.

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Shanghai, China
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Working as a tour guide gives me a lot of chances to go to Tibet. Everytime when i see the temple or the mountains there, it's hard to describe the feelings they bring to me. There are three buddhism domination in China, and Tibetan buddhism is definitely a very special one. The temple is not only a place for pray,... More 

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