This is the façade of Potala Palace, the No.1 attraction in the capital Lhasa of Tibet. The palace used to be where all the Dalai Lamas, spiritual leaders of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan people, resided until China's invasion in 1959 that eventually led the current Dalai Lama and hundreds of thousands of Tibetans to flee their own country and live in exile. Being there was such a conflicting experience. On one hand, I felt lucky to get to see the intricate interior of this symbolic architectural masterpiece (so much GOLD inside) and learn about its history. On the other hand, however, I couldn't help but feel my presence there was just wrong. If the political situation wasn't the way it is now, none of us would be allowed in. With the influx of visitors everyday (many of whom are incredibly loud and rude and have awful taste in clothes. You know where they come from. I saw one middle-aged man spit on the wall, and when I turned my WTF Is Wrong with You expression on, the motherfucker started staring and yelling 😡😡😡), the sacredness of this place has been compromised to the point where I felt these days it serves no other purpose than bringing in the cash for the authority.