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Address: No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road | Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a...

The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.

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Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa
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Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

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The heart of Tibet.

A visit here is an absolute must. You can see the importance of their religion to the people and observe its everyday function and practice - never mind the magnificence of the... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A visit here is an absolute must. You can see the importance of their religion to the people and observe its everyday function and practice - never mind the magnificence of the place itself. It can be hard physically because of the steps and the altitude but that soon disappears, the spectacle makes it all worth while.

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The degradation perpetrated by the present custodians of this Former Treasure is stunning. This is a condition I found time after time in many of the few religious landmarks that remain in china. Many of the Murals and Religious Texts have been destroyed. The 'monks' in many of these temples will harass you for handouts. They will outright ask you... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First thing first, all visits by tourists need to be reserved via travel agent in advance. You even need to specify the time period in a day you want to visit because too many tourists are coming. As coming near to the palace, I was really amazed. The palace was magnificent itself as well as rich in colors. Also, lots... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Potala Palace is a must see in Tibet. It seems like you can see if from just about everywhere in Lhasa. I was worried about the 300 steps, but took it slow and it wasn't too bad. You will not be alone in being out of breath. You only get about an hour inside the red part of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard a lot about the never-ending steps and breathless moments when climbing. However, I personally felt that the stairs wasn't as scary as it was. They are wide and not very steep. Just take your time climbing and rest whenever you feel breathless. It's definitely worth the climb, and you probably need your guide in explaining all the relevant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Photos are prohibited inside the palace. But it is a must visit place if you are in Lhasa. It is necessary to book the tickets in advance. The Palace comprised of variety of Chamber for the Lama and their stories as well as the god of each goodness.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A tour with an experienced guide gave a great understanding of Tibetan life and religion in centuries past. Also, interesting to view some of the rooms used by the current Dali Lama before he was forced into exile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally, I was here at the Highest Ancient Palace in the World, Another mission accomplished in my UNESCO World Heritage Site bucket list. it was amaze me by my Tibetan guide explained & describe everything especially the building material of the Potala. Really worth to climb up to the palace though its not easy. Especially you have to prevent altitude... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Potala Palace was on my bucket list and it didn't disappoint. We had a fabulous Tibetan guide who explained everything to us and answered all of our questions. Walking from room to room there is something truly spiritual about the Palace and I am not a religious person. It is a shame that China has taken away some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing . One of the wonders of the world. Filled with history treasures and amazing culture. Highly recommend . Also recommend seeing after sunset. Only allowed 1 hour in the palace so need to move quickly .

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