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The summer palace of the Dalai Lama, which is said to have been preferable to the Potala Palace as the rat population was less. The first palace was built by the 7th Dalai Lama in 1755 as a place where he could handle political affairs, practice religious activities and spend holidays. Today there are three palaces in the park. During the days of the 8th Dalai Lama, a lake was dug and now there is also a zoo in the park. The name means ‘jewelled garden’ and the Dalai Lama would spend six months of the year here. A number of the buildings here were destroyed during the 1959 uprising, and the once magnificent gardens are now mostly derelict. The summer palace is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Directions: Not far from Potala Palace

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  • Written Oct 30, 2005
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