Comme chaque année, le Palais du Potala, vieux de 1 300 ans, vient de prendre un nouveau look.
La semaine dernière, plus de 300 travailleurs et volontaires ont entrepris de repeindre l’ imposant édifice religieux. Pour ce faire, il a fallu utiliser pas moins de 92 tonnes de peintures lors de cette entreprise annuelle de rénovation.
Plus de 300 travailleurs et volontaires font la queue afin de remplir de peintures leurs bidons pour participer à l’ opération de rénovation.
Un video aérienne vient de paraître, montrant ce joyau classé à l’ Héritage Mondial de l’ UNESCO, étincelant des ses vives couleurs, rouge et jaune à la fin des 9 jours de chantier.
Situated at an altitude of 3,700 metres (12,139 feet) above sea level on the Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, the Potala Palace is the world’s highest ancient palace.
The complex, occupying 360,000 square metres (89 acres), consists of the Red Palace, White Palace as well as accommodation for monks.
Located at 3,700 metres (12,100 ft) above sea level, it is the world’s highest ancient palace.
Built over 1,300 years ago, Potala Palace consists of two main parts – the White Palace and the Red Palace – and has 999 rooms in total.
Before the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, it was the living quarter of the Dalai Lama as well as the offices for political debates and Buddhist affairs.
After the 14th Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India, the White Palace no longer serves as a policy-making venue, but continues holding religious activities.
It contains five chapels where the past Dalai Lamas rested.
It also has three galleries and other libraries which are devoted to religious study.
The Great West Hall is noted for its fine murals and sculptures.
Source: Xizang Government
According to UNESCO, The Potala Palace was listed as a world heritage site in 1994 for its symbolism of Buddhism and its centre role in the traditional administration of Tibet.
The annual re-painting of the palace is said to be a tradition that started about 300 years ago.
CGTN reported that the tradition was aimed to protect the walls from rain in the summer. It is also meant to protect the ancient structure during the low temperatures in winter.
The paintwork began from October 27 and finished on November 4.
Workers can be seen carrying an airbrush and spraying the paint onto the wall while hanging in midair secured by a harness.
A total of 92 tonnes of paint was used by over 300 workers and volunteers in the nine-day project.
They carried barrels of paint on their back and sprayed it onto the palace’s walls.
Potala Palace is painted in three vibrant colour – red, white and yellow.
The Red Palace, with five chapels and three galleries, is the resting place of the previous Dalai Lamas.
The vibrant red colour is painted to symbolise life force and preservation.
The White Palace once served as a ceremonial hall with the throne of the Dalai Lama and his private rooms.