Norbulingka Palace

Norbulingka Palace

Tour Level:

Admission Ticket:

¥70 ( all year around )

Opening Time:

Morning: 09:00 - 12:00;
Afternoon: 15:00 - 16:00.

Altitude: 3,650m

Situated at the bank of the Kyichu River atout 1km southwest of Potala Palace, Norbulingka means "Treasure Park" and is the largest and grandest garden in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, covering about 360,000 square meters with 374 rooms inside.

Norbulingka reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style of mainland China. It was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001.

The area on which Norbulingka stands today used to be a wasteland full of weeds, brush, wild animals. Then the 7th Dalai Lama liked and often visited, and spend his time there. As a result, the Qing magistrate started to build a palace in the 1740s and named Norbulingka . Later it was used as the Summer Palace for successive Lamas holding festival celebrations. At present, it has been turned into a park open to the public.

Highlights of Drepung Monastery

Several Palaces

Norbulingka consists of several palaces, such as Kelsang Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang. Kelang Potrang is a three-storey palace with halls for worshipping Buddha, bedrooms, reading rooms and sanctuaries. Takten Migyur Potrang is also called the New Summer Palace, meaning "Eternal Palace" in Tibetan. Each palace is divided into three sections: the palace, the section in front of the palaces and the woods, which is worth to see.

Norbulingka Park

Architectural Artwork

The architecture of palaces has combined the characteristics of temple and villa and is more magnificent than other palaces. The exquisite murals in the palace are well worth your visit, in the northern hall. They show you the development of Tibet in comic strips.

Shoton Festival

In annual Shoton Festival, there is ceremonies held at Norbulingka. It is celebrated during every late June or early July of Tibetan calendar. The week-long festivities are marked by eating and drinking, with Tibetan opera performances held in the park and other venues in Lhasa city.

Shoton Festival of Drepung Monastery

Travel Tips

1. The opening time: from 09:00 to 12:00, and from 15:00 to 16:00. Tibetan opera performances is held at 11:00 except Sunday.
2. The recommended time for a trip: 3 hours.
3. Due to 1km away from Potala Palace, almost all public bus that goes to Potala Palace also comes to Norbulingka.

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