Tibetan Architecture

The White Palace of Potala in Tibet.

Tibetan architecture contains Chinese and Indian elements, and holds a deeply Buddhist feature. So it is a wonderful reflection of multicultural. The Buddhist Prayer wheel, along with two deer or dragons, can be seen on nearly every monastery in Tibet. The design of the Tibetan yards can vary, from round walls in Kham to square walls in Ladakh.
The most unusual feature of Tibetan architecture is that many of the houses and monasteries are built on elevated according to the landscape, sunny sites facing the south, and are often made out a mixture of rock, wood, cement and earth so that they can get the building materials around easily.

 Little fuel is available for heat or lighting, so flat roofs are built to conserve heat, and more than one window is constructed to let in sunlight. In the mountainous areas, Walls are usually sloped inwards at 10 degrees as a precaution against frequent earthquakes.
Besides, Tashilhunpo Monastery, display the influence that of Mongol styles of architecture.

The Potala Palace is considered the most important example of Tibetan architecture. It contains over a thousand rooms within thirteen stories. Portraits of statues of the Buddha and the past Dalai Lamas are on display. The palace is divided into the outer White Palace (which serves as the administrative quarters), and the inner Red Quarters (which houses the assembly hall of the Lamas, chapels, 10,000 shrines, and a vast library of Buddhist scriptures).

All decorations--plated statues, elaborate frescoes, and expensive silk hangings--were all bought and paid for by donations.