Dragon King Pool
Dragon King Pool is also called Lukhang lake.
Behind the Potala Palace, there is a quiet garden with ancient willows standing elegantly beside a big pool. This is the Dragon King Pool.
It is said to be man-made naturally from the huge amount of earth removed for the construction of the Potala Palace.
The name Dragon King Pool however stems from a popular legend in Tibetan mythology. Once upon a time the area of Lhasa contained a large and turbulent lake. Prince Guoja ruled the area but was constantly hampered by an evil dragon living in the lake. This Dragon caused many floods and brought disasters to the people. The only way of placation the dragon was to offer a human sacrifice. Thus every year a young boy from the populace was chosen, and on the first day of the first month, according to the Tibetan calendar, he was tossed into the lake and never seen again. One year, while searching for a suitable sacrifice, the Prince’s man discovered a small monk called Dwenjue, who lived on a mountainside with his poor family. On the appropriate day, Dwenjue was thrown into the lake. Unlike his predecessors however, this boy had special magic powers, and after a bitter struggle lasting 7 days and nights, the dragon was slain. From then on, the area became prosperous and peaceful, and the people were happy again..
In more recent years, a 4-story pavilion was built on an island in the lake. It contains a shrine dedicated to the Dragon King.
Surrounding parks there are many trees and flowers and scenic picnic spots. Recently children’s playground and garden restaurant have been added.
In the summer, people go boating on the lake and in the winter people go skating instead.