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Visiting the City of Mystery - Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet is a name that bears all mysteries and awe. Well, that's how people reacted when they hear the name Lhasa. The real reason for this is that when the city of Tibet was founded in 633 A.D under the leadership of Songtsan Gampo, the King of the Tubo Dynasty, the city was ruled by Tibetan Buddhism, which people thought as a mysterious religion ruled by Dalai Lamas. The name 'Lhasa' means 'Holy Place'.
Lhasa, Tibet has been considered as the gate way to one of the most worth visiting places on earth - Tibet. It is the center of Tibet and is populated by ethnic and local Chinese who, according to several researches, outnumbered the natives in Tibet by no less than five to one in the city particularly.
With the number of ethnic population present in Lhasa, Tibet and with lots of wonders that the place can offer, it's no wonder that Lhasa, Tibet is deemed by many as intriguing. Visitors of all sorts visit the city to know its people and to experience a feeling beyond imagination. It is interesting to know that most of the people in Lhasa, Tibet are religious in nature. This also holds true to the city's tourist's sites.
Speaking of tourist's sites, the main Lhasa, Tibet's attraction is the Potala Palace, which is but the fortress monastery and palace that occupies much of the city's skyline. This place actually dominates at about 120 meters high. It has 13 stories with more than 1000 rooms and portions that boast structural design of the 7th century. Today, the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet serves as the seat of the government and religion of the Tibetan Kingdom.
Aside from Potala Palace, there is also the Jokhang Temple, which is said to be the center of Tibetan culture and religion. According to several researches, this temple was built in 647 A.D. by King Songtsen Gampo for his wife, Tritsun, the princess of Nepal. It was Tritsun who bought and placed the religious relic of Jowo Sakyamuni to the temple. This relic is still kept at the perimeter of this notable place.
It is further interesting to know that the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet is now visited by pilgrims from different areas in the world. They come to crawl, walk, or roll along the street outside this place to circumambulate the temple, including the vestiges that it contains.
There are a lot more to be witnessed in Lhasa, Tibet aside from Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. The other attractions may include the Tibetan School of Performing Arts, Tibetan Traditional Hospital, Drepung Monastery, Garden Monastery, and several other monasteries in the city. With all these wonders, Lhasa, Tibet is really worth a visit.