Located on the southern slope of the Red Hill, the Potala Palace was built along the hill. It is the No.1 “must-visit” attraction in Lhasa city during your Tibet tour. In 1994, it was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List because it is a treasure house of Tibetan history, religion, culture and art. It is also known to all that it is the highest palace in the world at an altitude of 3700m and one of the most famous architectural works in the world.
Its history dates back to 630s. According the documents of Tibet, Songtsan Gambo, the King of Tubo moved the capital to Lhasa. He ordered the establishment of Potala Palace for marrying Princess Wencheng in Tang Dynasty. Today, the Potala Palace that visitors see was gradually built on the base of the ancient palace ruins since the 7th century. Potala Palace contains more than 1000 rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The main building has 13 storeys with 117 meters in heights. It consists of 2 parts, easily distinguished by the colors: the Red Palace and White Palace. More its history, please click to read Potala Palace Travel Guide.
How to get there?
1. By Bus: No. 1, 6, 12, 17, 24. Get off at the Labai Station; No. 12, 13, 14. Get off at the Minghang Station.
2. By Taxi
How to buy tickets ?
Each day, only 2300 tickets are issued. And on the first day, individual visitors should get the free certificate for ticket purchasing with their original ID cards. On the second day, before the set visiting time on the certificate, visitors go to the main gate to have their certificates and ID card check in and purchase the tickets.
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