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Potala Palace

No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Ranked #1 of 57 attractions in Lhasa
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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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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Don't bring water it will be confiscated so that you buy some up at their shop. Aside from that and the pushey Chinese tourist... It is a magnificent building and labyrinth of corridors and rooms. The history is amazing as is the story of Tibet.

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Do visit one of the highest toilet in Tibet before you pay your pilgrimage to this holy shrine built by the Dala Lama. He used materials from the foot of the mountain and created a lake there in order to maintain a balanced landscape. View of the largest square in Lhasa can be seen from the Palace. When we arrived... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

You need a passport to get a ticket... lots of controls... but also well worth the visit... going up the steps was a challenge due to the thin air. The views are wonderful and the place is very spiritual. Ask about the Tibet flag..wait, you can go to jail for that.

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Tallinn, Estonia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, spiritual, amazing. While going up you feel like rising to sky. In rainy day steps might be quite slippery, and you will get red with paint, but that does not matter – it is Potala palace.

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Shanghai, China
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This place has history, great views, amazing treasures, cavernous rooms filled with giant Buddha statues. I was awestruck wandering this place, it felt like wandering an ancient treasure trove. Getting tickets can be difficult at times - they are heavily controlled and tied to your ID, but it is worth the effort to get them.

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Skanderborg, Denmark
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The atmosphere is fantastic When we arived to Potala Nima - our guide and his languageskills were good and his knowledge about buddist tradition were like his faith strong.

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Delft, The Netherlands
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A palace must see. A place where everybody shoot experience once on a lifetime. Frighting what happend only 60 years ago till now on. Preserve the good.

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Cape Town
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39 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

you will need a few hours to get around..well worth the many stairs. Our guide had been allocated a time slot.No big bags. lighters etc as there are strict security checks.. The highlight was watching the locals circumambulating the potala with prayer wheels..something they do once a day.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Liked the photo aspect, Palace is very colorful, great view of the city and there are alot of steps to climb to the top. Disliked too much incense!

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It took decades for me to finally get here so I'm not going to allow my visit to be spoiled by the steep climb, excessive security measures on the part of the Chinese, restricted access to much of the palace, a proscription against photography, etc., etc. Other reviewers have already talked about the process of getting tickets and reservations. This... More

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