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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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  • My visit to the Jokhang Temple was my first insight into Tibetan Buddhism. It was total engrossing. There are many pilgrims at the temple which is the most sacred site in Tibet. Observing them was as ...  more »
  • This temple is one of the most important religious sites in Tibet. What makes it fascinating is the Tibetans that flock to it. There is a "kora" (clockwise flow of people) around the outside, the pilg...  more »
  • We come here in the early morning. The temple is a totally peaceful and holy place. We enjoy to visit again 
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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.