Norbulingka

Nature At Its Best

Norbulingka, gained its name from the Chinese language which means the jeweled park, this is a palace and park surrounding Lhasa, Tibet and China. The traditional summer residence of Dalai Lamas from 1780s to the exiling of the Dalai Lamas in 1959, it has been of a great historical and cultural significance. Located in the west side of Lhasa from a short distance to the southwest of the Potala palace, Norbulingka is considered as the biggest man made garden in Tibet. As a barren land, Norbulingka was initially nothing but full of overgrown weeds and infested wild animals.

Due to the scrub growth alongside and beautiful scenery in the summer, this place came into the attention of the 7th Dalai Lama, who’d like to pitch camp to spend his whole summer time with. Finally, in the year of 1755, this place was constructed by the 7th Dalai Lama to handle with political issues, met guests and organized ceremonies. This is an extraordinary palace that takes you into the architecture and the culture of the Tibetan people giving insights to the Tibetan art and culture as the palace represents some of the glorious and elegant Thangkas, solemn Buddha statues, beautiful wall paintings and nice chinaware gifted by central Chinese governments since ancient time.

Norbulingka is made up of several palaces and temples. Generally, for the layout, Norbulingka is mainly made up to several palaces and each palace consists of three sections: the forest area, the palace area and the area in front of the palace. With typical Tibetan style combined with inland traditional garden technique, all buildings are well arranged here. Besides, there are wall paintings on the walls of Buddha halls and some precious remnants and Buddhist books are stored. Norbulingka is nevertheless the epitome of the Tibetan culture and history.

 


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