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Potala Palace
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Half- Day Potala Palace Tour from Lhasa
Ranked #1 of 39 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.
Delray Beach, Florida
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“Like a Dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

I was unsure if I would actually make it to Tibet - I got word that I (along with my small group) would be allowed into Tibet just one day prior. Once inside Tibet, my guide took care of all of my paperwork to enter the Potala Palace. The 300+ steps I had to climb to access the palace was intense. With 13 floors and more than 1,000 rooms, this is simply an awesome feat of human engineering especially considering construction began in the 7th century and lasted 10 centuries. The interior is surreal. The large stupas (over 20 feet high, covered in tens of thousands of kilos of gold and precious stones) are incredible. There is so much to see/absorb here, it would take days, if not weeks to truly take it all in.

Visited August 2013
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“Absolutely stunning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

An obvious attraction not to be missed...but will also not disappoint.

There are about 300 stairs to get to the palace and the oldies in out group seriously struggled with the climb. The rest of us did it without breaking a sweat...but be warned.

Would love to be here in the time when the whole town gets together and volunteers to paint the palace.

Visited May 2014
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“History and Culture in abundance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Great spot to visit ... masses of history and culture all in one. we had a private guide so plenty of time for browsing and getting the full detailed history of the place ..

Visited May 2014
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“A Palace in the Roof of the World”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

There was nothing to dislike in the Potala (pronounced the way it is spelt without emphasis) Palace. We did ot believe that the climb to the Palace was so requiring. Besides being ancient, beautiful where one can sight the burial monuments of former Delai Lamas, the rooms, the beautiful drawings, the thrones and the mesmerizing views of Lhasa. The Potala Palace is synonymous with Lhasa and it is an awe inspiring site.

Visited May 2014
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“Palace in the Hill”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Unique setting and worth the walk up. The number of Buddhist icons was intriguing. The number of people praying to the Buddha's was equally as interesting.

Visited May 2014
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