The Potala is a structure of massive proportions and an
awe-inspiring place to explore. However, unlike the Jokhang, which hums with
activity, the Potala lies dormant like a huge museum, and the lifelessness of
the highly symbolic building constantly reminds visitors that the Dalai Lama has
been forced to take his government elsewere. That said, your first sight of the
Potala will be a magical moment that you will remember for a long time.