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Hopefully, you have heard of Dalai Lama and his popularity among the Tibetans. Today you will learn of his official residence – the Potala Palace – and why you should visit it. The Potala Palace is built on the Red Mountain in the heart of Lhasa Valley. It is the most significant symbol of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as political and religious administration of Tibet.

Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa 7 you gotta go here

Hopefully, you have heard of Dalai Lama and his popularity among the Tibetans. Today you will learn of his official residence – the Potala Palace – and why you should visit it. The Potala Palace is built on the Red Mountain in the heart of Lhasa Valley. It is the most significant symbol of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as political and religious administration of Tibet.

The Historic ensemble of the Potala Palace consists of the following:

The White

The White palace is approached by a winding road that open to a large square known as the East Main Hall where all major functions are held. On the northern side of the hall is the throne of Dalai Lama. The throne is painted with religious and historical themes. The White Palace is in fact the personal residence of the Dalai Lama.

The Red Palace

The Red Palace is on the western side of the White Palace and was purposely built to hold the stupas of the deceased Lamas. It is also home to many Buddha statues as well as sutra halls.  Note that the Potala palace features massive walls and features gates at the western, eastern and southern sides.

The Jokhang Temple Monastery

This monastery was also built in the 7th century AD and was especially made to be a Buddhism Study unit.

The Norbulingka Palace

This was built 1751 as a summer residence of the Dalai Lama.

The above four buildings are a classic example of the Tibetan art. They complement the striking landscape with rich ornamentation, architectural genius and harmonious integration of manmade structures with natural land formations.

The construction of the Potala Palace began earnestly in the 7th century AD during the reign of Songsten of Thubet Dynasty. The Palace would be rebuilt in the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama over a period of 30 years. The palace was built at 3700 meters above the sea level and covers 130,000 square meters with a height of 110 meters.

For those that want to experience some real Buddhism way of life, perhaps the best place to visit is the Potala Palace. Of course you can opt to go to Nepal, but the Buddhism there has some Hindu influence. The Tibetan Potala Palace is the home of Buddhism!

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