Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lhasa, Tibet AR, 26/09/08 -

In the afternoon we visited Norbulingka, the summer palaces of the 7th, 8th, 13th and 14th dalai lamas. 9th through 12th didn't get a chance to build summer palaces because they all died young.

I was fascinated by these symbols. If the legs are clockwise they are symbols of the Buddhist faith in Tibet and if they are anti-clockwise the are symbols of the Bom faith that was replaced by Buddhism in Tibet. This one is outside the summer palace of the 7th dalai lama

Norbulingka was lovely and cool. And flat.

This was the entrance walk to the palace of the 13th dalai lama.

And the fanciest was that of the 14th dalai lama. We couldn't take pictures of the inside, but it was pretty fancy in a faded-glory 50s sort of a way.

Outside was this awful park-thing that was built about two years ago. The paving was already falling apart and it was all kinds of ugly. But if you looked up you saw crazy prayer flags. Apparently the higher they are (the more dangerous it is to put them there) the better the prayers.

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