Potala Palace is located in the capital city of Lhasa, Tibet. It is one of the most spectacular and amazing places you can discover in the whole world. Standing in the ‘roof of the world’, Potala Palace is not only a magnificent building with palaces and monasteries, but also Tibet’s largest and most complete ancient palace buildings. And this unbelievable structure has been used as the home of the Dalai Lama for centuries, which is filled with thousands of well-preserved artifacts, marvelous statues, beautiful paintings and religious objects, etc. Potala Palace is the Holy Land of Tibetan Buddhism, every year countless pilgrims and tourists come here. In December 1994, UNESCO listed the Potala Palace as a world cultural heritage. The main building is divided into two parts, the White Palace and Red Palace. The White Palace is the living quarter of Dalai Lamas while the Red Palace is devoted to religious study and Buddhist prayer.
Potala Palace was originally used as a meditation cave by the king of Tubo Dynasty, Songtsen Gampo, who built the first palace there in 637 in order to marry Princess Wen Cheng of China’s Tang Dynasty. The great fifth Dalai Lama Lobsang Gyatso rebuilt the Potala Palace, then the Palace became the winter palace of Dalai Lamas, as well as the major holding place of religious and political ceremonies.
The number of visitors to the Palace was restricted which differs from high to low season. Visitors climb up long staircases to get into the palace. From the top roof they can enjoy a splendid view of Lhasa city.
As an icon of Lhasa, Potala Palace is one of the must-visit attractions in Lhasa city tour.
1.No short pants and skirt. You’d better prepare a coat.
2.No water or other liquid inside.
3.No knife, lighter or oxygen tank.
4.No cameras allowed inside.
5.All visitors are allowed only ONE-hour to visit inside the Palace.
6. A licensed tour guide is needed.
7. High season is from July 1 to Aug.31 and little bit touristy, booking service fee is expensive (depends on which agency you book with).
8. Ticket Price is RMB100 per person from Nov.1 to April 30, RMB 200 per person from May 1 to Oct.31