Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Norbulingka - The Dalai Lama's Summer Palace

Norbulingka is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, Tibet, built from 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until the 14th Dalai Lama's self-exile in 1959. Part of the "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace", Norbulingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Norbulingka palace has been mostly identified with the 13th and the 14th Dalai Lamas who commissioned most of the structures seen here now. However, during the 1959 Chinese invasion of Tibet a number of buildings were damaged. It was only from 2003 that the Chinese Government initiated renovation works here to restore some of the damaged structures, and also the greenery, the flower gardens and the lakes

Although beautiful even in winter, to our trip, this was another another example of why to visit Tibet in summer. Apparently it's even more beautiful and cultural events happen quite often in the summer months. Drats..

Entering into one of the temples inside the park grounds.

Views of some of the lake palace. It was so relaxing and beautiful inside this area.

Inside the New Palace. This is a picture painted on the wall telling the history of Tibet. Though I couldn't read it, I'm pretty sure it doesn't mention the take over by China.

There is one picture of the current Dalai Lama allowed in Tibet and this is it. As this is a Unesco site China isn't allowed to touch it. The picture is of the Dalai Lama as a younger man (from when it was painted) and his family and mentors.

zoomed in on him. There were a few cctv cameras in this room and lots of signs saying to not take pictures, of course that didn't stop us.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Summer Palace bathroom. I looked for sacred pubic hairs, but alas found none. (no, I didn't really)

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