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.
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