Potala Palace

The Potala Palace, a majestic structure dating back to the seventh century, stands as a testament to the rich history of Tibetan Buddhism and traditional governance, commanding respect and awe from all who behold it. The name comes from Mount Potalaka, which is thought to be the home of Avalokiteshvara, one of the most well-known and significant Bodhisattvas in Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhism.

Songsten Gampo, the 33rd monarch of Tibet, is credited with building the Potala Palace. As a gift to his wife, Songsten’s design is thought to have been primarily motivated by his delight in his marriage. The magnificent building was tragically destroyed in the ninth century during a significant struggle in the Lhasa area, a testament to the turbulent history of Tibet. However, with the help from the Dalai Lama, the Palace’s restoration, a symbol of resilience and cultural preservation, got underway in 1650. Since then, Potala Palace has been well-known as the Dalai Lama’s winter residence.

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