Tibet | Visit Potala Palace

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace has been converted into a museum

Potala-Palace

Set on the Red Mountain, the magnificent Potala Palace rises above the city of Lhasa. The palace was built on the remains of an old palace built by Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo. The Potala Palace  was constructed in the seventeenth century during the time of the fifth Dalai Lama. After its construction, the Potala Palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama’s exile from Tibet.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace has been converted into a museum. This gigantic palace is divided into the Red Palace and the White Palace. While the White Palace houses the Dalai Lama’s private chambers, the throne room and assembly hall, the Red Palace houses the tombs of the former Dalai Lamas and a private monastery. One can discover around 10,000 Thangkas (traditional Tibetan scroll paintings), 698 murals, ancient artifacts including relics made from precious metals and stones and collection of rare Buddhist sutras.  



Places You May Also Like

Enjoyed reading about Visit Potala Palace? Find more engrossing content about places to see below

Norbulink-palace
18th century, the Norbulingka served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama

Constructed in the 18th century, the Norbulingka served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. This delightful palace, filled with beautiful ...

Read More
derpung-monastery-tibet
Drepung Monastery - Tibetan Monasteries in Lhasa

Located around eight kilometers west of Lhasa, at the foot of Mount Gephel is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means ‘rice heap’ in Tibe...

Read More
Sera-Monestery
Observe the monks’ debate at the Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of Tibet’s most important Gelug monasteries. Located around two kilometers north of Lhasa, It is an ancient univer...

Read More
Jokhang-temple-tibet
One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Tibet

Jokhang Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Tibet. Located in Lhasa, the temple was built during the reign of Emperor Songsten Gam...

Read More
Barkor-Street-Tibet
Barkhor street - A good place to observe the locals and the local traders

Take a walk around the busy Barkhor Square. The street around the square is filed with shops selling souvenir items.  You will find a lot...

Read More

Things To Do You May Also Like

Enjoyed reading about Visit Potala Palace? Find more engrossing content about things to do below

Trekking-and-Hiking

Nepal Nepal is known as the land of soaring Himalayan peaks, medieval palaces, ancient Hindu and Buddhist shrines. This tiny Himalayan nat...

Read More
Potala-Palace

Set on the Red Mountain, the magnificent Potala Palace rises above the city of Lhasa. The palace was built on the remains of an old palace bui...

Read More

Sign up and Win a Free Everest Trek!

Sign up for our newsletter and dont loose your chance to win a free Everest Trek. Get alerts on amazing travels deals and latest news.


Contact Us


Head Office
Keshar Mahal Marg Thamel, Kathmandu
North America
Australia
10 Terrigal Drive Noble Park North