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Potala Palace

Standing in the heart of Lhasa City, the Potala Palace is the most attractive historical monument of its kind in the World. The Potala Palace was first built in the seventh century, only to be damaged in the eighth century. In the 17th century, it was rebuilt by the Fifth Dalai Lama over a period of three years. The main building with 13-story is 117 metres high and is composed of the Red and White Palaces, with the Red Palace one situated in the middle. The main Palace consists of the Hall of Stupas of Dalai Lamas, from various historical epochs, and halls of Buddhas. The White Palace was the main residence of the Dalai Lamas and the place for attending to political affairs.

The Potala Palace houses a large number of rare cultural relics including the palm-leaf scriptures from India, the Kagyu and the imperial edicts, golden seals and titles of nobility sent from the Qing emperors to the Dalai Lamas.

lai Lamas, from various historical epochs, and halls of Buddhas. The White Palace was the main residence of the Dalai Lamas and the place for attending to political affairs”