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Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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. Plan to visit Jokhang Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Lhasa attractions using our Lhasa trip itinerary planner.
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  • A good visit, but I was ready to leave because it was so crowded. Remember it's a holy place and treat it as such, and you will enjoy your visit all the more.  more »
  • This is a must visit for Buddhists as it is an Iconic religious place. However, it is very crowded as it is very popular with the local Tibetans.  more »
  • The architecture is amazing. The feeling of peace and tranquility upon entering the temple is never to be forgotten. Awesome views from the rooftops of the surrounding city and mountains  more »
  • The temple itself is undoubtedly impressive and unique. But the true highlight of visiting is witnessing the incredible devotion of the local pilgrims.
  • Loved visiting. A must see!
  • Not to be missed, much better if you know the story about the lake underneath!
  • A Buddhist temple located in the Barkhor Square in Lhasa. This temple was considered as one of the most sacred and important temples in Tibet. Very impressive architectural designs. I would definitely recommend you to visit this place with a local tour guide who can explain the history for you. Also, bear in mind that you can only take photographs outside of the temple but not inside, as photographs are prohibited and it is considered to be very rude if you take pictures at indoor places.
  • nice and beautiful place, a pitty, I can't go inside the temple because of I wear a hijab

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