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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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  • This is the most sacred temple in Tibet and its fascinating to people watch around it especially in winter - all the pilgrims making their rounds, dozens doing prostrations out the front, and on the t...  more »
  • This site of Love and Compassion, was chosen by the wife of King Songtsan Gampo, the Tang Princess Wen Cheng (628 A.D.) by throwing a ring in the lake. And as promised, the King built a temple where e...  more »
  • Holiest of the holy. Prayer lines extend for miles to enter the temple. People praying, chanting, incense burning, dark, dank, smell of yak butter candles, sensory overload. Visual eye candy where eve...  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.