The Potala Palace in Lhasa

[640],shadow=true,start=13,stop=

The Potala Palace was named after Mount Potala, the abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara. The Potala Palace has in the past served as the chief residence of the Dalai Lama. Today, the Potala Palace is a museum.


Lozang Gyatso, the 'Great Fifth Dalai Lama', started construction of the Potala Palace in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (d. 1646), pointed out that the site was ideal, being situated as it is between Drepung and Sera monasteries and the old city of Lhasa. It may overlay the remains of an earlier fortress, called the White or Red Palace, on the site built by Songtsen Gampo in 637.


The building measures 400 metres east-west and 350 metres north-south, with sloping stone walls averaging 3 m in thickness, and 5 m (more than 16 ft) thick at the base, with copper poured into the foundations to help protect it from earthquakes. The thirteen stories, containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues, soar 117 metres (384 ft) above the top of Marpo Ri, the "Red Hill", rising more than 300 m (about 1,000 ft) in total above the ground. (based on Wikipedia)

Tibet map

Related Videos

Featured Videos

Scenes from ShangHai 上海 (3 day trip)
Filmed May 2012.
TaoRanTing Park 陶然亭公园, BeiJing – video
Mount JiuHua 九华山 in the snow
JǐuHuá Shān, 'Nine Glorious Mountains', is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. Located in AnHui province, it is famous for its rich landscape and ancient temples. A beautiful film ...
JiaYuGuan 嘉峪关 – the western end of the Great Wall of China
Plus DunHuang oasis and ZhangYe DanXia GeoPark, all in GanSu province.
YangShuo  阳朔 ! GuangXi province
This beautiful film shows the Li River, YuLong River, bamboo rafting and cruise, plus cycling and hot-air balooning. Plus a few scenes from the outdoor performance Impressions Liu San Jie. 15 minutes in paradise ...
‘A chance meeting in GuiLin 桂林’ – and more micro movies 微电影
Grab some popcorn and enjoy a night-in at the BeiJingBuzzz cinema. New love, love perturbed, love re-found, love passed ... 'Fate ?' 《天目湖漫生活》 远离喧嚣 追寻宁静 世外桃园 浪漫生活 风景片 'Love More' Bii 畢書盡 《LOVEMORE CuBii 愛神降臨》 微電影全球首播 《连云港渔湾》微电影 山上的特别美丽魅力风景(爱情) 'Let's Get Married' (2015) Title song by Jane Zhang 張靚穎 《咱們結婚吧》 電影版主題曲《終於等到你》 (短版 MV) We cannot decide all that happens in life, but we can control how we react.
A look around the Forbidden City 紫禁城 in BeiJing
Filmed in July 2011 Video by Orien Travel http://www.orientravel.pl
This is Macau 澳门 ! – in Ultra HD / 4K
There is much more to beautiful Macau than casinos; there is also the historical legacy of Portuguese / Asian fusion ... 澳门 is actually ÀoMén ('Bay Gateway') in PinYin Chinese, but the Portugese name is most commonly used. In the first beautiful film are the following locations : In the video - the principal buildings and public spaces that form the Historic Center of Macau: A-Ma Temple (0:05), Lilau Square (0:39), Mandarin's House (0:50), St.
Dance of the Silk Road and Long Long Ago …
Plus, Gong LinNa with a beautiful new song : Xiao He Tang Shui 小河淌水 ...
Return to ShenZhen (plus the awesome city lights show)
Globe-trotting vlogger Jordan ('Travellight') missed China so much that she took a trip back to her first destination there - ShenZhen in GuangDong province. Defintely don't miss the amazing light show near the end of the film (8:45) ... Bonus films - a short introduction to ShenZhen, and a longer guide to the city .
China 中国 in timelapse – video
ShangHai, BeiJing and Hong Kong ...
An evening in ShangHai 上海
Beautiful :) Filmed by sjohnke

A selection of popular videos

Keyword / tag search :