Lhasa Tourist Attractions

Potala Palace
The highest palace in the world, Potala Palace comprises the Red and White palaces within the 117 m tall 13­story main building. Here, you shall find ‘Stupa’ halls of past Dalai Lamas of the past ages and halls of Buddha worship.

Through the ages, the Dalai Lamas resided and handled their political affairs in the White Palace.

The Potala Palace preserves priceless Buddhist relics, among them the ‘Bkarvgyur’ (Buddha’s Teachings) on Indian pattra and the imperial edicts and golden seals of the Qing emperors who conferred titles on the Dalai Lamas.

Together with the Jokhang Monastery and NorbuLingka, the Potala Palace finds a prominent place in the World Heritage List.

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Note: Around more than 500 visitors arrive at Potala Palace each day. You can make entry reservations any afternoon for the following day.

Sera Monastery
Lying at the foot of Sera Wuze Mountain, the Sera Monastery is one of the three major monasteries in Lhasa and one of the six main monasteries in China of the Gelug Sect. Constructed in 1419 by SakyaYeshe, a disciple of Zongkaba,the monastery attracts Buddhists from all over the world. Each year, on the 27th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan Calendar, the monastery stages a grand celebration, the “Sera Bumchen” Festival.

Gandain Monastery
60 km east of Lhasain Dagze County stands the 15th century Gandain Monastery built by Zongkaba, the founder of the Gelug Sect. In the language of Tibet, the word ‘Gandain’ means “peace, happiness and satisfaction”.

Regarded as the ancestral monastery of the Gelug Sect (the first among the sect’s six main monasteries), the Gandain Monastery complex is made up of the famous Coqin Hall and the Yangbagyain Sutra Institute.

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Jokhang Monastery
Right at the center of the ancient city of Lhasa lies the 7th century Jokhang Monastery. Legend has it that the monastery was built jointly by the king, Songzan Gambo, the Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti and the Tang Princess Wencheng. The 4­story main hall is a combination of Han, Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese architectural styles and reflects Buddhism’s worldly outlook and philosophy. The Scripture Hall in the center symbolizes the core of the universe while the neighboring Shakyamuni Hall houses the most venerated statue of Buddha.

Klukang Monastery
The seventh century Klukang Monastery ¬– to the north of the ancient city – fell prey to a fire but has been restored to its original glory. Murals and full-length statues of Sakyamuni (at the age of eight), Maitreya and other Buddha incarnations reside here. The Klukang Monastery is the Sutra Institute of the Gelug Sect, its ‘Upper Esoteric Academy’ where advanced ‘Sutra’ studies are imparted to Lamas.

Note: No photography allowed in the main sanctum.

Barkor Street
Barkor Street is the thriving commercial street that rose after the Jokhang Monastery was built. Pilgrims in prayer walk along the 500 m street. So do shoppers of handicrafts and all things Tibetan, including food and drink.

Drepung Monastery
The largest of the six major monasteries of Gelug Sect, the Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 in KainpeWuze Mountain, five km northwest of Lhasa. The sprawling 250,000 sq m monastery was once home to 10,000 lamas. The fifth Dalai Lama lived here before he moved to the Potala Palace.

Important historical and cultural classics and Buddhist sutras survive to this day. The Shoton Festival in August each year attracts devotees from across the country and beyond. The sunning of Buddha held at the monastery is one of the most important religious events in Tibet.

‘NorbuLingka’ in Tibetan means “Precious Park”, an apt description for the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Qing officials built the original 360,000 sq m palace in the 1740s in the western suburbs of Lhasa, for the specific use of the Dalai Lama.
The seventh Dalai Lama frequented NorbuLingka and later, the 8th, 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas created more palaces in the park. In the past 200­odd years, NorbuLingka has become a vast park of magnificent palaces – and a festive venue.

Tibet Museum
On the southeastern corner of NorbuLingka, stands the large and spectacular Tibet Museum. On display are rare objects from Tibetan history: prehistoric articles, hand written Tibetan classics, colorful Thangkas, musical instruments, relics depicting service and sacrifice, handicrafts in distinctive ethnic flavors, and pottery in the unique styles of Tibet.
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The Hot Springs of Yangbajing
The Qinghai­Tibet Highway passes through China’s largest hot fields, the highest geothermal belt in the world. 90 km northwest of Lhasa, in the township of Yangbajing, is the popular health spa, the Geothermal and Hot Spring Holiday Resort. This ultra modern complex integrates hotels, restaurants, hot spring baths, fragrant baths, medicinal baths, surfing baths, outdoor and indoor swimming and many forms of recreation. The water at the hot springs is known for its therapeutic value.

Other attractions: The Space Rays Observation Station, the Yangbajing Temple and Buddhist nunnery.

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