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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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Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch

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Beyond words. It takes your breath away the first time you see it. Then to be able to go inside is amazing!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beyond words. It takes your breath away the first time you see it. Then to be able to go inside is amazing!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The primary sight that brings people to Lhasa is the Potala Palace. Although this is the most outstanding attraction in the city (and likely in the entire country of Tibet); I am not sure whether, in itself, it is worth a trip. It is, however, a stately palace with great views. It's comparative palatial simplicity reflects its Buddhist tradition and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the main must do thing in Tibet. Definitely a lot of walking, but well worth it. Amazing history, art, and culture. Walk amongst the monks through the palace up to the top where you have an amazing view of the city. This would be the top thing on my list while in Lhasa. Beautiful grounds, amazing history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've seen pictures of the Potala Palace many times but to stand in front of that structure really put me in awe. It was an unforgettable experience to walk thru parts of the building and learn its history. Don't miss seeing the Palace at night when it's lit up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since I read somewhere that it has 999 rooms; I always wanted to visit Potala Palace. And I am very happy that I did visit this amazing place. The structure is really imposing and massive. The red and white colour scheme make it a beautifully photogenic. The climb up the palace is actually not very difficult, but many have issues... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what an amazing place . I have waited for 3 years to get to Tibet and this Palace did not disappoint me . It is an amazing photograph to take . Very interesting and to think that the current Dalai Lama walked around there . It is quite steep to get up the steps . Walk clockwise as it is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated on top of a small hill, it is a sumptuous and grand complex of buildings..one of its kind in the entire world. Whether in broad daylight or under darkening skies in the evening, or even in the night, this imposing structure is a masterpiece from practically an angle. Best views are from across the Palace Park. Wait for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read Seven Years In Tibet before going there and the relation to the Dalai-Lama will be vivid. This huge seat of religious and (pre-Chinese take-over) governmental authority is very high, very large and very significant. You might choose to start by walking with the crowds doing their religious kora by walking clockwise around the building. Walking the other way is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Potala Palace is spectacularly built sitting atop a tall hill. The colors and design of the palace are mesmerizing. There is a steep walk up to the entrance of the Palace. Once inside the rooms, halls and tombs are fascinating. I particularly enjoyed visiting the former rooms of the Dalai Lama. Touring the Palace is a life experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's great to see another world here. Very impressive of the culture remaining in the palace. Good sightseeing under sunset.

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