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Address: Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
Phone Number: 0891-6323129
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Description: This ancient temple, dating from the 7th century, is the spiritual heart...
This ancient temple, dating from the 7th century, is the spiritual heart of Tibet and was built as a shrine for a Buddha statue called Jobo, which is richly decorated in jewels, brocade and silk bands.
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Of all the Monasteries I saw in Tibet (Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse) this is the only one I felt still had its "soul" in tact. I was there in May during the Saga Dawa festival and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Of all the Monasteries I saw in Tibet (Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse) this is the only one I felt still had its "soul" in tact. I was there in May during the Saga Dawa festival and the Monastery was alive with pilgrims doing the Kora around the monastery and their prostrations in front of it. Many people were also giving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

this is the one to see. Not only is it interesting and historic, but there are excellent views of Barkhor and the Potala Palace from its upper levels.

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Berlin, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Do not go to Lhasa without seeing this Temple. Its the most important one, and has lovely views from the top. Make sure to have a knowledgeable guide, who is willing to share all you want to know. Some of them take tourists here every day and get a bit short on the info they give out. I really recommend... More 

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Reno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The pilgrims are so dedicated to their religion it is a must see! The place inside is full of rooms with many buddhas and monks thrones. Worth a visit!

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Shellharbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Another Lhasa popular religous icon Jokhang is another temple that has a great display of artistic historic and story. We had a local expert tour guide from China Odyssey tours which is a must to understand & appreciate this temple. Join the locals and walk around this temple as part of their daily prayers or visit the interesting many stalls... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were glad to tour this temple, so much history here and it's quite lovely inside. Do read up on this monastery's place in Buddhism.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

When in Potala you feel like in muzeum, Jokhang is a living place. In fact today it is a muzeum too, but you feel immense energy, particularly because the place is very crowdy. Tibetans make a long que to get in and many do their buddhist practice in front of the main entrance. There is a constant stream of buddhist... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Right in the middle of the old city and the spiritual center as well. Check out the pilgrims prostrating by the front wall and inside it is the usual colourful Tibetan religious stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The temple houses one of the main objects of pilgrimage in Lhasa. Ancient temple founded by Songtsen Gampo and one of his wives. Incredible experience, but like everything else in Lhasa, when it opens to tourists, becomes too crowded with people who seem like they only care about getting pictures. Watch out for groups with tour guides who speak through... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The most important temple in Lhasa and also the most popular. There are lots of locals worshipping inside which is interesting but makes is fairly overcrowded. It's not very big and there isn't too much to see which makes the high entrance fee slightly unreasonable.

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