Potala Palace free of charge for 3 months

The iconic of Tibet – the Potala Palace will be open to the public free of charge for three months, as authorities are striving to promote winter tourism.

Starting Feb. 1, entry to the palace will be free of charge for tourists as part of Tibet’s program – “Winter Tourism in Tibet”

The program is designed to help with local tourism development, and push economic growth in Tibet, said Wang Song-ping with the regional tourism development commission. The program also includes free admission to all other quality tourist attractions in the region, plus discounts or subsidies given to tourists in terms of hotels and transportation.

The Potala Palace was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and expanded in the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. The palace, a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism, was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.

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