The Potala Palace Museum

On August 17, 2011, in Lhasa, Museums, Palaces, Tibet, by Jack Li

The Potala Palace Museum is located in the City of Snow on the foot of the Potala Palace. It is a three-floor building with a floor area of around 2000 square meters. Local government has spent more than 10 million on establishing the museum. It was not open to public until 2009.

The whole museum can be divided into 8 sections, with more than 200 invaluable cultural relics and their photos inside. Most of the relics displayed in the museum were from the Ming and the Qing Dynasty, for example, the Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.

You can see palm-leaf scripture from the 9th century, the white pottery bowl with classical patterns on it from the 12th century, the bronzen statue of King Kong from the 14th century, the agate cup from the 17th century, and the snuff bottle from the 18th century. There are also many precious ancient documents preserved in the museum, for example, the imperial edicts of the emperors in the Qing Dynasty. Visiting the museum is one of the best ways to gain a basic understanding of the Tibeten culture.

The Potala Palace

Jack Li

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