Situated on the former territory of Tibet with an altitude of 3700m, the Potala Palace was the home of Dalai Lama since the 7th century. As the greatest monument in Tibet, it was built on the highest point of Lhasa. Together with the Potala Palace(inscribed in 1994), Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka(the summer palace of former Dalai Lama) were added as extensions in the entry of UNESCO cultural heritage in 2000 and 2001 respectively.
Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
Opening Hours and Tickets of Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace
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Directions of Getting There
Air – LXA (Lhasa Gonggar)
Respect – Please pay respect to the local religion custom, for example
- take off your hats
- do not step on the doorsill
- do not take photos inside the temples
- dress appropriately (bring a coat as it could get chilly at the top), etc.
Be On Time – Only around 30 tourists are allowed to enter Potala Palace for every 30-minutes. Do double check the time of visit if you had acquired your tickets because you won’t be able to enter if you are late. Tourists can only stay in the temple for an hour.
Getting the Tickets One Day Before Visit – The daily passenger of visit is limited to 2300, of which only 700 could be bought by walk-in tourists. You can pre-order tickets of the next day after 15:00 daily at the entrance of potala palace, each person could only purchase maximum 4 tickets, ID or passport information could be required.
UPDATE – check the tickets guide
Tibet Prayers – Tibetans will attend mass for prayer on the 5th, 8th, 10th, 15th and 30th of each Tibetan Month (check the Tibetan Calendar). The group will pass Jokhang and Potala Palace, or temples nearby.
At the end of September to end of October, Tibetan pilgrims will circle Potala Palace and worship.
Kailash Saga Dawa Festival – The most exciting festival of Tibetan starts at the fourth month, fifteenth day of Tibetan Calendar, and it will last for one month. During the evenings, you will be able to spot Tibetan of all ages worshiping Buddha on their own, from small prayer flags to huge banners and different degree of prostrate, praying will be continued until midnight.