Tibet, known as the ‘Roof of the World’, is mostly a plateau that rises from 3,962m to 5,000m above the sea level and covers a massive 1,220,000 sq km. Lhasa is the capital city of the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.
The name Lhasa means ‘place of the gods’ and it remains a vivid and still-thriving enclave of devout Buddhism despite the increasing modernisation.
There are many sights in and around the city, they are:
Potala Palace – 425 ft above the city on Red Mountain stands the fortress-like Potala Palace, 13 storeys high and with 1,000 rooms filled with statues,chapels, manuscripts and murals. Potala was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and Tibet’s political and spiritual headquarters for centuries.
Jokhang Temple – The golden-roofed temple is 1300 years old and one of Tibet ‘s holiest shrines. It was built to commemorate the marriage of the Tang princess Wen Cheng, an adopted daughter of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) to King Songtsen Gampo, and houses a pure gold statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni brought to Tibet by the princess.
Sera Monastery – or “Wild Roses Monastery” as its known because the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom. The Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet and its a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. The Monastery was founded in 1419 now has 300 monks in residence.
Drepung Monastery – or “Rice Heap” monastery dates back to the early 15th century and lies about seven km west of Lhasa. In its time it was the largest of Tibet ‘s monastic towns and the largest monastery in the world.The Drepung Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. The other two are Ganden and Sera.
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