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Norbulingka, or 'Jewelled Garden', was the site of the Dalai Lamas' summer palace. The site was originally chosen for the shade of its many willow trees. From the mid-18th century, each successive Dalai Lama moved to the park during the summer season, and carried out all their religious and political affairs from there.
In the 1750's the 7th Dalai Lama spent much time in the peacefulness of this area, studying Buddhist texts. It was during his lifetime that the tradition of a 'Summer Retreat' began. The park was considerably extended during the reign of the 13th Dalai Lama (1876-1933) and many more buildings were erected.
The New Summer Palace, built by the 14th Dalai Lama, is located in the center of the Norbulingka. This Palace is filled with interesting murals and is definitely the highlight of the Norbulingka.
Norbulingka was listed as a world cultural heritage by the UNESCO in 1994.
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