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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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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

The palace has a spectacular setting. It is imposing with its dominant position overlooking the valley. It is an obvious place to visit and while the steps are quite steep, provided one takes sufficient time to climb, it is not hard to overcome the possible breathlessness. But this is probably best visited on the third day after some altitude acclimatisation.... More

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Everything about Potala Palace is amazing, especially the devotion of the pilgrims who circle the palace all day long spinning prayer wheels and chanting their mantras. The 20 or so rooms open to the public (no Photos permitted inside) are amazing with lots of interesting Buddhas and Lamas as well as working monks. Don't miss the square and fountains at... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

I visited Tibet in Oct, 2014. Definitely one of the most magnificent architecture in the history of mankind. Weather was fine in the month of October. Physical stamina is a strong requirement to climb over 30 + minutes to reach the top. They sold drinks in the middle of the building (along the staircase before reaching the top). Elderly tends... More

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gulf shores
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited in October 2014. The Potala Palace was used as the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.The entrance fee is $32.00 USD per person. There is a scenic spot accross the street that gives you the best vantage point of the Palace. It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The entry system and all is very strict on time, so be prompt. The climb is exhausting but definitely worth it. Do not take any liquids or torches or lighters as they will confiscate them all. There is a view point a little further down that charges 2RMB - go early (as early) as 5pm to get a decent place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The potala palace is I beautiful place to visit you will need a least two hours to get around it ,it would be best if you had a private tour as you get loads of history about it

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Cornwall, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Magnificent architecture. Scale is not to be believed. However, as with a lot's of religious icons and histrionically significant parts of the world, it pays to read up before the visit...even with an exceptional guide.

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Potala palace is THE landmark of Lhasa and a rare opportunity to view and unabridged history. The guides are very informative and helpful. Be forewarned the climb up all the stairs is not for the faint of heart!

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Heidelberg, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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