The Red Palace
The Potala Palace is composed of two parts, the Red Palace at the top middle and the White Palace as two wings. Painted deeply red and richly decorated with painting, jewelled work, carving and other ornament, the palace was once the religious center to hold ceremonies. The highlights here include the The Great West Hall, Dharma Cave, The Saint's Chapel, The Tomb of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama.
Regarded as the largest hall in the Potala Palace, the Great West Hall is famous for the beautiful murals painted on its inner walls, and most of them are some stories or Buddha in the Tibetan Buddhism. The Dharma Cave and the Saint's Chapel are the only two remained architectures of the 7th century which still well preserve the statues of Songtsen Gampo, Princess Wen Cheng, and Princess Bhrikuti. Located west of the Great West Hall, the Tombs of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama is the giant stupa which contains priceless jewels and one ton of solid gold. Elaborate murals in traditional styles of Tibetan culture depict many events of the life of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama during the early 20th century.
The White Palace
Named after a holy hill in the South India, the Potala Palace is also a sacred place for those who interesed in the Tibetan cultures. It is not just a gift of the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to greet his bride Princess Wen Cheng in the Tang dynasty of China, but a gift to the people all over the world. Due to its magnificent architectures and rich cultures, the palace was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, and recently named one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" by the television show Good Morning America and the newspaper USA Today.