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|Subject: Potala Palace at Lhasa 13/11/2010, 8:21 pm|| |
The Potala palace at Lhasa was built by King Songtsen Gampo duringthe seventh century. It is located on the Red hill of Lhasa, Tibet. Itwas struck by lightning and war that led to its destruction. However,the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645 rebuilt the palace again. And since then,it became the political center of Tibet. The Potala Palace has 2palaces in it, the Red and the White Palace. The red one signifiesreligion and the white one signifies ad ministerial building. Thisplace is known for its complex constructions, huge buildings and thepeaceful atmosphere and not to forget, its artwork.Once you enter the palace from the east. It takes you to the maincourtyard where the Dalai Lama used to watch the Tibetan Opera. TheWhite Palace was called the Winter Palace and the white color signifiedpeace, calmness and togetherness. The largest hall in the White Palaceis on the fourth floor, the living quarters and the offices are on thefifth floor. The Potala Palace has a beautiful Balcony that faces theLhasa.The Red Palace exists in the middle of the Potala Palace and afterthe fifth Dalai Lama died, it was painted in red color that signifyingpower and dignity. The walls of the Red Palace have many Buddhistsstories written all over. It has three chapels, the North which isdedicated to the Dali lama, Buddha and his medicines. The East chapelis dedicated to the Indian monk who introduced Buddhism in Tibet. Thewest chapel is said to be the most luxurious chapel as it has 3,000 kgof gold and foil with hundreds and thousands of gems and pearls.