"Potala Palace" Lhasa Things to Do Tip by Sharrie

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For the Tibetan, all roads lead to Potala Palace. This is the great symbol of Tibet & measures 117 meters tall & 40 meters wide. It is classified into 2 sections, namely the White Palace & the Red Palace.

The White Palace was where the Dalai Lama, the religious leader & "living Buddha", used to live & conduct state affairs. He has since been ostracized & live in India now.

The Red Palace is mainly used for prayers & religious functions. This is where Hall of the Buddha, Scripture Hall and Memorial Hall are housed.

In the Hall of the Buddha, you can see gold-traced portraits of Sakyamuni and pay your respect to the deceased Dalai Lamas. While early copies of Buddhist sutras can be found in the Scripture Hall. Stupas of the 13 late Dalai Lamas are located in the Memorial Hall.

Why are the palaces named White & Red?
Due to the color of their walls.
Simple, isn't it?

Directions: Located on Potala Hill. You can't miss it if you are in Lhasa.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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