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Story of the Potala: World’s Highest Palace in Tibet

February 13, 2013 marked 100 years since His Holiness 13th Dalai Lama proclaimed the restoration of Tibet’s independence following a period of Qing domination. In the last few years, February 13th has been celebrated as Tibetan Independence Day in over 30 cities worldwide.

Each year, on this date, Tibetans and their supporters have celebrated various symbols of Tibetan independence: the Tibetan national flag, the 1913 Tibetan Proclamation of Independence, the historical pillar in Lhasa erected to mark a peace treaty between Tibet and China.

This year’s global celebration of this important day is being marked by highlighting the historical importance of the great Potala Palace of Tibet and Tibetan people’s vision for a free and democratic Tibet. Today, China attempts to portray the Potala Palace solely as a tourist attraction.

However, for the Tibetan people, the Potala Palace is much more than an attractive monument; it is a representation of Tibet’s independent past and a symbol of Tibet’s future statehood for Tibetans around the globe.

Képtalálat a következőre: „The Potala Palace in Lhasa”

Below are ten interesting facts about this world heritage site known as the Potala Palace:

1. The Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, was the chief residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It also served as the seat of the Tibetan Government for hundreds of years, until China’s illegal invasion of Tibet in 1949. So in terms of symbolism, it is like the White House and the Capitol Building combined in one majestic edifice.

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The Dalai Lama is going to Glastonbury

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and actress Sharon Stone attend The Lourdes Foundation 'Leadership in the 21st Century' Event with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at the California Science Center on February 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The Lourdes Foundation)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism, is going to Glastonbury this Sunday.

The trip has been rumoured for a while but the festival’s organisers confirmed today that he will be giving a talk at the festival. It’s part of the Dalai Lama’s 4-day visit to the UK.

His Holiness will be able to take in the likes of The Who and Lionel Richie on the Pyramid Stage, or The Chemical Brothers and Jamie T on the Other Stage if he fancies something a bit more modern.

Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, says in a statement:

The Dalai Lama

“We’re honoured to welcome the Dalai Lama to Glastonbury 2015. He will be talking in the Green Fields and exploring the farm this Sunday as part of his trip to the UK. What a special moment for the Festival!”

Chonpel Tsering, a representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, says: “This upcoming visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be particularly notable as it takes place just a week before His Holiness turns 80 on 6 July 2015.

“The visit will offer all those attending the events, and beyond, an opportunity to hear the message of compassion, hope, dialogue and tolerance of this widely respected spiritual and moral authority.”

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