Norbulingka is also named Summer Palace of Tibet. Located on the western outskirts of Lhasa, Norbulinka was originally built in the middle period of the 18th century as the traditional summer place for the Dalai Lamas.
Norbulingka was begun by the 7th Dalai Lama in 1755, with an area of 46acres and 370 rooms of different sizes. it is the largest artificial park possessing the best scenery and the most relics in Tibet. Its earliest building is the Gesang Pozhang Palace built by Kelzang Gyatso. The “New Palace” was begun in 1954 by the present Dalai Lama and completed in 1956. it contains chaples, gardens, fountains and pools. To the west the Kalsang Potang built by the 7th Dalai Lama is “a beautiful example of Yellow Hat architecture. Its fully restored throne room is also of interest”.
Norbulingka wasn’t spared the Cultural Revolution’s destruction and was eventually reduced to ruins. It has since been reconstructed and renovated by the Chinese and turned into a tourist site complete with a zoo and souvenir shops. The palace comples is still in much disrepair, but the New Summer Palace retains some interesting exhibits on Tibetan Buddhism history, including 301 lovely murals depicting Tibet’s story.
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