Potala Palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994, and contains the White and Red Palaces. The White Palace or Potrang Karpo comprises the living quarters of the Dalai Lamas, as well as offices, the seminary and printing house. The Red Palace or Potrang Marpo is devoted to religious study and Buddhist prayer. The complex has an intricate layout of many different halls, chapels and libraries on different levels, as well as smaller galleries and winding passages.
Only 2000 visitors are allowed each day, so tickets must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
Norbulingka, or The Jewelled Park, was the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 1780s until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile from Tibet in 1959. Part of the Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Norbulingka is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the 7th Dalai Lama from 1755 and served as an administrative and religious centre. It is a unique example of Tibetan palace architecture, and covers an area of around 36 hectares. Norbulingka is on the west side of Lhasa, a short distance southwest of Potala.
The Jokhang Monastery, in Lhasa's Barkhor Square, is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. It blends Indian vihara, Chinese Tang Dynasty and Nepalese architectural styles. Jokhang was founded during the reign of King Songsten Gampo. According to legend, the temple was built for the monarch's two brides, Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang Dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. The wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and imagery from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries, which were kept in the monastery.