Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Potala Palace Tibet

The Potala Palace, located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dailai Lama fled away. The construction of the palace started in 1645, as an advice of Konchog Chophel, saying that the site was ideal as a seat of government. The Potala Palace was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Today the palace is a museum.
The White Palace is a part of Potala Place. It was also the living area of the Dalai Lama. It was originally built during the lifetime of the 5th Dalai Lama in 1649. Then it was extended to its size today by the 13th Dalai Lama in the early twentieth century.
Rapid modernization of this area became a concern for UNESCO. Thus the Chinese government responded by enacting a rule preventing building any construction taller than 21 meters. The number of visitors to the palace is strictly controlled, which was 1600 a day, and now around 6000 visitors would descend on the site during the peak period. Thus it is better to visit the palace during the period from July to September.

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