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7 unknown facts about the place where Dalai Lama lived

Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - May 23, 2013, 05:05 PM IST

Potala Palace served as the residence of Dalai Lama, until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India.
  • 7 unknown facts about the place where Dalai Lama lived
    7 unknown facts about the place where Dalai Lama lived
    Potala Palace is a museum, located in Lhasa, which comes under Tibet Autonomous region of the People's Republic of China.
    It served as the residence of Dalai Lama, until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India.
    We bring to you some very interesting facts about it.
    Read on to find out.
    -The highest palace in the world, Potala Palace stands on top of Red Hill, at over an amazing 3,500 meters above sea level.
    -Potala Palace consists of White Palace and Red Palace. The Dalai lama lived in the White Palace. The Red Palace consists of temples.
    -The Potala Palace was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. In 2000 and 2001, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka were added to the list as extensions to the sites.
    -The palace was recently named one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" by the American television show Good Morning America and the newspaper USA Today.
    -Potala Palace was named after Mount Potala, the abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara.
    -The site was used as a meditation retreat by King Songtsen Gampo, prior to his marriage.
    -It was in 637 that King Songtsen Gampo built the first palace there, in order to greet his bride Princess Wen Cheng, of Tang Dynasty of China.
    Source:
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