Shelf by shelf, scroll by scroll, and page by page, restorers have begun the largest project so far to conserve antique documents at the Potala Palace, an icon of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Potala Palace, in Lhasa, the regional capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, was built by Tibetan King Songtsa Gambo in the seventh century. The immense religious complex, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a treasure house of Tibetan history, culture and art.

In the latest effort to preserve the palace, the Chinese government earmarked a special fund of 300 million yuan (about 44.9 million U.S. dollars) to conserve and explore the use of ancient documents in the palace…

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