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World Heritage Potala Palace "new clothes"

World Heritage Potala Palace "new clothes"

November 8, 2013

[China paint information] the annual autumn painting day is a special moment for the Potala Palace "new clothes". "Today, I only sent two barrels of yellow paste on my back. Because of the large number of people, the painting of the Yellow palace took only one morning." on the 6th, Bai Ma, who participated in the painting, sat on the ground under the White House in Potala, silently looking at the Holy Palace in front of her, and the sun was shining on her dusty shoulders and backs

there is a small white tower called "Razi" on the top of the Maburi mountain called red mountain, which was built earlier than the Potala Palace. According to custom, the painting of Potala Palace has a stable performance every year, starting with the painting of this small white tower

according to legend, Tibet has the custom of painting walls since its own buildings. Especially after the gradual rise of Buddhism in Tibet, temples and public houses began to be painted on a large scale to show auspiciousness and devout faith. This custom has continued to this day

the wall painting of Potala Palace includes four different colors: red, yellow, white and black. Sangba awangxianpei, a staff member of the Potala Palace maintenance department, explained that red represents authority, including economic, moral and other rights; Yellow represents prosperity, including the prosperity of life, fortune and wealth; White represents peace, which means eliminating diseases, wars, famines and other disasters; Black is to ward off evil spirits, representing a kind of dignity

the walls of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple should be painted before the annual "God subduing Festival" (September 22, Tibetan calendar), followed by other temples and houses inhabited by the people. Baima told China news service that milk, sugar, rock sugar, honey, brown sugar, etc. should be added to the paint of the Potala Palace and temples

in this regard, sengba awangxianpei said that adding sugar to the paint is to make the paint more viscous, easier to adhere, and not easy to fall off. When mixing paint, red and yellow mineral materials should be added in proportion. At the same time, saffron should be added, which can remove the odor. "This is also recorded in Buddhist scriptures."

and because the defects can be removed in real time, it is reported that the raw material for painting the Potala white house is mainly white ash, which is produced in Yangbajing, Dangxiong County, Tibet. It is free of impurities, smooth, sticky, easy to dry, and not easy to be damaged by rain and wind

the Potala Palace is built on Mount Maburi. The main body is divided into the Red Palace and the White House. It is a vast palace style building complex integrating palaces, temples and stupas. There are nearly 10000 houses and a construction area of more than 130000 square meters. In 1994, the Potala Palace was listed as a world cultural heritage

in recent years, while continuing the traditional sprinkling method, the painting work of Potala Palace has also adopted the electric spraying technology, which has shortened the painting work time from more than one month to less than 10 days

On the afternoon of the 5th, when I came to the White House and the Red Palace of the Potala Palace, the palace in front of me had been painted and the surrounding environment had been cleaned up. During this time, the Potala Palace management department also opened a "gratitude channel" to open part of the Lacan temple, which is not open to the public on weekdays, for "volunteers" and their relatives who participate in the painting work, to show their gratitude and prayers according to the loading method: static load testing machine (static) and dynamic load testing machine (dynamic)

so far, the wall painting work of Potala Palace, which began on October 28, is drawing to a close, except that some of the doors and windows are painted black. People are looking forward to changing "new clothes" for this sacred palace in the coming year

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