"Potala - Phakpa Lhakhang Chapel" Lhasa Things to Do Tip by Maria81

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Part of the White Palace, Phakpa Lhakhang (Saint's Chapel or the Lokeshvara Chapel) is one of the two oldest surviving structures in the Potala Palace (the other is Chogyal Drubphuk), said to date back to the 7th century and the rule of King Songtsen Gampo.

It is also home to Potala's holiest image - the Arya Lokeshvara, and is usually one of the most crowded chapels in the building (and unfortunately, one of the smallest). There are also numerous other relics, such as the footprints of Padmasambhava (better known as Guru Rinpoche) from the rocks of Gungtang La pass.

Directions: Northwest corner of the White Palace - or just head for where most of the pilgrims are going!

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  • Written Oct 25, 2011
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