Potala Palace

Connor BL.


Potala Palace is located in Tibet. It is on top of the Red Mountain near the Lhasa river.


Potala Palace was built at an altitude of 12,100 ft. It has inward slopping walls, falt roofs and a fortress like appearance. There are two sections of the palace, the Red Palace and the White Palace. The White Palace is the Dalai Lama's Living quarters, and was originally built by the fifth Dalai Lama. The Red Palace has several different sections; The First, Second and Third Galleries, the East, West and Saints Chapels, the Great West Wall and the Tomb of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The Tomb of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama is located west of the great west wall and can only be accessed from the upper floors but you must be accompanied by a monk or a guide of the palace to get into the tomb.
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The Original Potala Palace was built in 637 C.E. to great King Songtsen Gampo's new bride. The construction of the palace we see today started in 1645 C.E. The construction was ordered by the Fifth Dalai Lama Lobsang Gyatso. When the Fifth Dalai Lama died the monks of the temple kept it a secret by having one of the monks impersonate him till the palace was finished in 1692 C.E. They did this in fear of the construction stopping because of his death.
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Sacredness to Buddhism

Potala Palace is a sacred place for Buddhism. It symbolizes Tibeten Buddhism and its role in the administration of Tibet. Potala Palace also contains the Dharma Cave, the place Songtsen Gampo was believed to have studied Buddhism. Inside the cave are paintings of Songtsen Gampo, his chief minister, his wives and the scholar who developed Tibetan writing.

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