Potala Palace, Tibet

The popular Potala palace is known to be the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It is situated at the Red Mountain, at an altitude of 3700 meters in the middle of the Lhasa Valley. The White Palace comprises of the Dalai Lama's throne's main ceremonial hall, and the uppermost level is its private rooms and its public hall. The Potala palace contains 698 mural paintings, almost 10,000 painted scrolls, a vast collection of sutras and important historical documents, as well as sculptures, canopies, curtains, porcelain, jade. The Red Palace contains a number of gilded funeral stupas from the previous Dalai Lama to the west and up the mountain. The Namgyel Dratshang is the Dalai Lama's personal monastery to the further west.

The Jokhang Temple Monastery is a religious complex that was also founded in the 7th century. Norbulingka is a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, the former Dalai Lama Summer Palace, built in the XVIIIth century. The elegance and originality, rich decoration and harmonious incorporation of these three sites into a striking landscape, contribute to their historical and religious significance.

The historical ensemble of the three components, namely the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and the popular Norbulinka palace, is known for high protection sites, and states are actively involved in preserving this cultural heritage of theirs. They are expressly protected by law through the People’s Republic of China

The building's buffer zone was initially identified as demarked. Every action must be accepted and restored strictly in accordance with the principle of maintaining the historical condition by the responsible administration of the cultural heritage. The Regulations on Potala Palace Management have been enforced; measures to enhance visitor management are formulated and taken.


Potala Palace open at 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Entry Fees

200 RMB per person (May to October) and 100 RMB per person (November to April)

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