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Potala PalacePotala Palace is 3,700 meters above sea level crowning over a hilltop of Hongshan Mountain in Lhasa- the capital city of the ‘Tibet Autonomous Region’.
It is one of the greatest specimens of Tibetan architecture. The palace was originally built in the 7th century by the ruling emperor for his lady but due to heavy lightning, a portion of the palace was destroyed. In 1645, the restored efforts were made by the Fifth Dalai Lama to bring it in its original form.

In 1653 the Potala Palace become the residence of the ‘Fifth Dalai Lama’ and remained as Dalai Lamas’ official residence until the exile of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1959. The palace is most distinguished for its interior grandeur.
It also holds the charm of displaying magnificent panorama of the city down, as well as a bird's eye view of the various domes glowing under the golden sunrays. One can also enjoy the splendid view of the elevated mountains with pristine rivers meandering down through the traditional city of Lhasa.

The Layout of the Palace
In the 7th, century’s the palace was constructed by the Tibetan King- ‘Songtsan Gambo’ for his bride, the ‘Tang Dynasty Princess’- Wencheng.
The palace is built on an area of 410,000 sq.m and consists of 999 palatial rooms with a floor space of 130,000-sq.m. The main structure complex is 13-story building, almost 110 m in elevation, built-in by stone and wood.
The palace is an epitome of ancient Tibetan architecture and is included in UNESC world heritage list - 1994.

Potala Palace - Main Sections
The complex is divided into two sections, the Red Palace and the White Palace. The White Palace served as residence for the succeeding Dalai Lamas, where ritual ceremonies and political affairs use to take place.
The Red Place is the one of the sacred palace containing ‘house of worship’ where mortified remnants of Dalai Lamas lay, adorned with the sheets of gold and also the Great West Hall-- with its fine rich artistic scenes.
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Five of the palaces have gilded bronze tiles and are considered holy palaces on highland.

Other attractions of the Potala Palace are the Buddhist statues of various sizes made of copper, gold or silver, which are unique in shape and excellent in craftsmanship. Some statues are quite huge, several meters in height, where as some are of few inches. There are at least over 200 thousand statures in all.

Potala Palace Museum
The palace showcases numerous iron, bronze, gold and silver artifacts, arms and armatures from the Tubo Kingdom. Other items worth noticing are leather, textile, paper, porcelain and carved stone goods as well as gems and the original golden manuscripts issued by emperors to the Dalai Lamas.

Visiting Timings of the Palace
Opening time: Daily 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm;
Fees: ¥100

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