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“This is the reason for being in Lhasa”
Review of Potala Palace

Potala Palace
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US$102.00*
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Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa
Ranked #1 of 54 Tours in Lhasa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The residence of the Dalai Lama is an immense religious structure and a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.
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“This is the reason for being in Lhasa”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

This is the main thing to see in Lhasa, if not you would have made a wasted trip, or come again next time. Take it slow as there are many steps and things to see.

Tips : If you are in Lhasa, go to Potala Palace on your last day in Lhasa. Firstly, there are many steps to climb, so if you have yet to acclimatize, you probably suffer in climbing up. Secondly, if you see the main attraction first, the other monastery/palace will pale in comparison. Thirdly come back in the evening after sunset to catch the night view of this place.

Ticket is 100 RMB and is a postcard which you can send back home. Affixed is a 80cents stamp, just top up the rest to send back home.

Potala palace was built in the 7th century, and was extended to it's present size in the 17th century. It is about 114m meters high, with 13 stories of living quarters, temples, funeral stupas and monk dormitories. As of early 2014, there are about 70 odd monk living there, it's more of a tourist attraction than a functional palace/monastery.

Visited May 2014
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“Alot of stairs”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Alot of stairs, but worth it! This was the Dali Lamas Palace when he was in Tibet before the communists threw him out. It is a very spiritual place and it is enormous There are 689 murals on the walls of this the highest building in the world Construction was begun in 1645. The view from the top is unparalleled, all of Lhasa can be seen as well as a panorama view of the surrounding countryside. If you are lucky enough to visit Lhasa, Tibet, this is the place you must visit and climb all the way to the top!

Visited September 2013
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“Breath-taking & Stunning”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

A must do experience if you are visiting Lhasa. An iconic structure built on the top of the "Red Hill" in the centre of Lhasa. It is preferable to have a local guide who can explain in more detail the key aspects and various buildings, temples and chapels within the palace grounds. You are able to go into both of the palaces ... the "Red Palace" where they are numerous chapels, statues and stupas that relate to past Dalai Lamas, Buddha and other key figures in Tibetan Buddhist history. The 5th Dalai Lama's stupa s not to be missed ... it is truly magnificent. The "While Palace" (the Dalai Lama's former residence) is more restricted to areas that can be visited but includes the throne room, meditation room and the waiting room for dignitaries. No photographs can be taken inside the buildings but no restrictions outside. Because of the number of visitors to the Potala Palace, visitors are restricted to one hour. We were not looking forward to climbing all of the stairs / walk-ways mainly because of the high altitude but we found no difficulty ... but take your time. A must see in a lifetime.

Visited April 2014
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“Huge”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Because we suffered altitude sickness we, unfortunately, were unable to tour the whole Palace, but even what we saw was hugely impressive. "A Must see".

Visited April 2014
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“A-M-A-Z-I-N-G”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

A once in a lifetime experience!
To be in Lhasa means to go see the Potala. Just make sure, your tickets have been reserved in advance since queuing will kill your buzz and you might not get in. You will need a guide to take you there with your permit where you have reserved the visit in advance. The Temples is just unbelievably big, cornered, full of rooms, treasures, statues, stupas, the private living area of the Dalai Lama etc etc... Just let yourself be dragged into this world full of mysteries, intrigues, wars, faith and history.

Visited September 2013
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