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Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

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The main shrine for Gelug-school Buddhism and part of a World Heritage Site, Jokhang Temple stands at 3,650 m (12,000 ft) above sea level. Built in 647 CE, the temple complex boasts a gilded 1,300-year-old, life-sized statue of the young Buddha. Considered the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet, the site draws millions of pilgrims year-round. The colorful architecture of this four-level timber complex features a mixture of Indian, Tibetan, Tang Chinese, and Nepalese styles. Climb the rooftop to see a sweeping view of the circuit with prostrating pilgrims. Put Jokhang Temple on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lhasa travel itinerary maker.
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  • In my opinion, this is not something to go to Lhasa for, but if you are already there then it's something not to miss. Catch the view of Barkhor Street and the Potala Palace from the rooftop if nothin...  more »
  • Enjoyed visiting this temples with it's many statues. Also has many worshipers in the front entrance which makes it very interesting. Has great views of the square on the roof top  more »
  • This temple is located right in the Centre of Lhasa. Between all the little shops you will find this beautiful monastery. The most impressive is that there are many pilgrims come prayer traditionally perform actions. In doing so, the pilgrims walk around the temple (barkhor circuit). You can compare this to the pilgrims in Mecca.
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  • Along with the Potala the other most important place in Lhasa. From the top of the temple wonderful view of the Potala at a distance._
  • Amazing and surprised that Tibetan people who could have been millionaires by selling their sheeps spend all their money on gilding Buddha and the goldentop is amazingly beautiful.
  • Awesome! This is the real heart of Tibetan buddhism
  • Loved the way one monk "slaps" a question to another. Other monks sit around laughing, saying "I glad I was not asked that."
  • You can see Pottala Monestry from the top floor.