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Potala, Lhasa: 2 reviews and 10 photos

The Potala is a beautiful monastery in the center of Lhasa. It cost 100rmb to enter, which is the most expensive to enter in Tibet. The walk up is very steep. It is a good idea to try this after you have been in Lhasa for several days if you are not use to the altitude.

Although the monastery in beautiful and is one of the most important monasteries in Tibet, I wasn't that happy with the visit. I happen to enjoy the more remote monasteries.

I would not recommend paying the 100rmb to go in.

Update 2013: As mentioned, now you cannot enter the Potala or any other monastery without a guide. However, when you hire a guide, it will usually include the cost of entering the monastery. Now there are only set times groups can enter the Potala. You will also see a strong police and military presence within the Potala. I was instructed by my guide not to take any pictures of the police or military. This is a very strict policy.

Photos are permitted until you enter the living and prayer quarters of the Dali Lama. You can't even pay to take pictures. The other rule that is strictly enforced is that the guides only have one hour to get their clients through this section or they would have to pay a fine and can lose there ability to take people through in the future.

Address: Potala, Lhasa, Tibet, Lhasa
Directions: The Potala can be seen from just about every place in Lhasa.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 18, 2016
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