View out over Lhasa from the Potala Palace.
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- Lhasa's landmark,the 17th century Potala Palace,crowns 130 meter high Marpo Ri,or Red Hill and served mainly as the Dalai Lama's winter residence as well as the seat of Tibetan Government.
- Potala Palace - rising from the slopes of Marpori,or Red Mountain,the Potala Palace was reconstructed in two main phases in the 17th century. Named after Mt Potala,the sacred mountain abode of Avalokiteshvara,the Potala has functioned as the traditional seat of government and winter residence of the Dalai Lamas,as well as housing temples and reliquary tombs
- Drepung Monastery. A monk rests among the painted boulders in the hills beside this vast complex. Founded in the 15th Century, Drepungs heyday came two centuries later when it had around 10,000 affiliated monks from over 300 branch monasteries of the Gelugpa school.
- Tibet,Lhasa,Potala Palace. Located on the Red Hill in Lhasa,The Potala Palace is 3,700 meters above sea level and covers an area of over 360,000 square meters,measuring 360 meters from east to west and 270 meters from south to north. The palace has 13 stories,and is 117 meters high. It symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet.
- Pabonka Monastery. First built in the 7th Century and among one of Lhasa's most ancient sites,this small monastery has been rebuilt and restored several times. It is believed that the Tibetan alphabet was invented here by a monk.
- Sera Monastery. Along Sera's kora,or pilgrimage circuit,a monk bows before a rock-painted image of Yama Dharmaraja,a bull-headed protector deity favoured by the Gelugpa school. Behind rises a slender building from which a giant thangka,or religious painting,is unfurled during festivals.
- Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Square - Gilded copper decoration on the roof of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang is thought to be the principal geomantic power place in Tibet
- Yambulagang,once a fortress and now a large chapel inhabited by several monks,is reputedly the oldest building in Tibet - though its present form dates mostly from a 1982 restorationYambulagang.
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