The first palace in Tibet: Yongbulakang

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Yongbulakang, meaning "mother-son palace" in Tibetan, is the first palace and one of the most ancient establishments in Tibet. Dwarfing on the Zhaxiciri Hill, this fortress-like temple has a history of more than 2,100 years. The magnificent palace demonstrated typical Tibetan style.

During the 7th century, it was the summer palace of Songtsen Gampo and his wife, Princess Wencheng. Later the fifth Dalai Lama expanded it and rebuilt the palace into a temple, which is kept intact now.

Travel tips:

Horse riding fees: 30 yuan/person up the hill, 20 yuan/person down the hill

Opening hours: 9:00--18:00

Reminder: No photos are allowed inside the temple

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