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Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
(4.6/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • the Temple in central Lhasa Barkhor Street surrounded by-bark trail followers of Buddhism. The place is alive with very many followers of this religion and the numerous tourists. You can observe the various forms of ritual bark-from the most extreme to walk. The Interior of the temple impressing the size and atmosphere. For centuries, the temple was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt, however, contains a number of remains of the original buildings from the 6th century. Unfortunately, around the present modern elements such as. street lamps-decorated with spots but shocked. Most of the houses around the impression of highly stylized for tourists. without a doubt, a place you must visit to see how it is important for Tibetans and to taste a bit of the atmosphere holy place for Buddhists.
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  • The visit to the Jokhang is a 'must' for any journey to Lhasa. I had a memory of my first experience there that plusieirs years! Smoke everywhere, dark, narrow, almost impossible to move/move saw the number of visitors. This time our guide suggested us to go there in the afternoon rather than in the morning (although some chapels close to noon) because there are fewer supected at that time and guides more can explain the story of this sacred place! An input side allows direct access to the main courtyard and once inside, I realized that a light (although brief) was hung from the ceiling of the main floor and that thousands of yak butter lamps that were previously used to illuminate the scene, have been repositioned outside the temple (in front of the main entrance)... we breathe better and can take more time for the visit. Most of the chapels were remained open during our visit (November 2016). Must ride exploring the roofs of the Jokhang to view mountains, Barkhor and Potala, a little further to the West. Do not miss walking the kora - clockwise - which passes in front of the Jokhang on Barkhor Square and borrows the surrounding streets. Unforgettable!
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  • Hard to add to may other reviews. Sacred to pilgrims, beautiful to western tourists. One of the few temples where access is easy with few steps, and in the middle of town. We loved the nearby markets ...  more »
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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.