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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. Plan to visit Jokhang Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Lhasa attractions using our Lhasa trip itinerary planner .
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  • The Jokhang temple is to be checked in front of the monastery. When we saw new people coming to get a wedding photo and wearing Tibetan gifts, it was very special and beautiful. There are also many believers outside the temple who do the great prayers of the five. In addition to the rich collection of cultural relics, temple buildings and temples inside the wood carving, wall paintings and so on are very strong, but also very tasty. The rooftop can be Budala the palace and the wooden chairs are available for rest. It is a pity that the place where the wheel is turned is not open.
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  • This is one of the most sacred temple in Tibet and a must visit. It is located in busy Bakhor Street. Here visitors can see lots of pilgrims praying and also some of the oldest buddhist statues. Accor...  more »
  • I found Jokhang Temple to be a humble yet a must-see place while in Lhasa. Situated in the middle of the Barkhor Street, this monumental temple forms the heart of the pilgrimage ritual of the people o...  more »
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  • Amazing place, Symbol of Tibetan cultural identity and resistance. Today open to pilgrims and tourists however controlled by the Chinese government...
  • Jokhang Temple is fulled of history. You need a guide to explain all tbe details for you along the visit. A very sacred Temple where you can see the worshippers pray along.
  • In Tibetan Buddhism, Jokhang temple is considered to be the most sacred temple attracting thousands of people each year. The temple was built by the King Songtsan and was attacked several times but it survived. It’s located in Lhasa, and is surrounded by mountains which makes it look more beautiful
  • 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.
  • Tibetian life can be found in and around this area, though more than half of its population is Chinese already.

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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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