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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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  • I contacted a childhood friend who is a monk at Jokhang Temple and that made all the difference. He showed us some of the rooms that locked and not open to the public. We also mediated in some of the ...  more »
  • The site will give you the religious atmosphere of Tibet.The idol of Lhasa Joao must be visited at this monastery.  more »
  • This is right in the middle of the city and well worth the visit. It is the best place to go to get a feel for the city.  more »
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  • One of the oldest temple in Lhasa. Very interesting place to watch worshippers praying and walking through Barker street surrounding the temple. Many handicrafts and souvenirs shops in Barker street. Can easily spend an entire day here.
  • This is the best place to visit while ones are in Tibet. I visited this temple in 2013, it was an amazing trip, thousands of devotees are praying the god and thousands of people walking whole temple and shrine of Jokhang square on clock wise direction with spinning prayer wheel.
  • This is the most important place in Tibetan Buddhism and the most beautiful temple to visit. During winter, the nomads make the pilgrimage to Lhasa to visit here and the crowds are unbelievable. The nomads are a beautiful people and their warmth and smiles makes you feel welcome. We spent an hour here and so many people smiled at us that it has become a very special memory for us. You are not allowed to take photos but a monk wanted a photo with my son and he allowed us to take some photos too. I did not realise how rare a thing this is until I looked at all the Google photos and saw none take if inside. The Tibetan people are allowed to enter for free, and they queue around the outside of the temple to get in in what is the longest queue I have ever seen. Us tourists pay ¥85 to enter and we have our own channel to walk around. Even though, at some points it is a massive throng. Without a doubt, this is the most special place in Lhasa for Tibetans, it is now a special place for us. We are not religious but our souls have been touched here.
  • Jokhang Temple is one if te best tourist attraction in Lhasa. The entrance fee is 85Yuan.
  • Journey back to Centuries. truely a time travel back to history. Devotion of people are so enlightening

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Look along the knotted streets of the eastern district of Lhasa for a number of welcoming guesthouses and storied hotels, close to the main Tibetan attractions around Jokhang Temple. With a little more age and character than options out west, the accommodations in this district attract seasoned travelers and cultural enthusiasts. Out to the west sit a good deal more chain hotels and towering hotel and mall complexes, offering a range of additional facilities, such as swimming pools, restaurants, and karaoke bars.
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