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Jokhang Temple

Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
0891-6323129
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Ranked #2 of 57 attractions in Lhasa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Skanderborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Our first visit to a religious place in Tibet. Many people make it as a good experience. When we arived to Lhasa we were welcomed by Nima - our guide and his languageskills were good and his knowledge about buddist tradition were like his faith strong.

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Cape Town
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

situated in the centre of old Lhasa unfortunately. Many locals going about their daily ritual of circumabulating the palace unfortunately the Chinese "oppression' is evident with security check points at the entrance of the square playing loud modern music which I found disrespectful.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Once again, very beautiful! It is colorful, a lot of Budas to see, many local people praying. Great to take pictures, a must see!

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It was a great experience but I highly recommend a mask/filter if you are sensitive to incense burning.....pretty smoky! But then, most of the temples/monasteries were!

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Freeport, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I have visited lots of Temples on my travels but for some reason I loved watching the people at this one. It takes about 40 minutes to walk around the temple and another 5 hours if you want to stop in all the shops. Great shops to bargain in and there is a rooftop bar/restaurant across the street to have... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Peace tranquility lovely friendly people. You can join in with the prayer or kora or just be. A truly spiritual place

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We went to this temple in the morning of June 12, 2014 and the place is huge. As we approached the temple, we saw many Buddhist worshipers with hand-held prayer wheels and dressed in Tibetan garb. When we neared the entrance, outside in front of the temple were many Buddhists praying and prostrating themselves in front of the temple. There... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Out side there are many people prostrating them selves at the entrance. The interior is fantastic if you visit when there is not a mass of people there, which is difficult since this is the most holy shrine for Chinese Buddhists. Again, the tour groups of Chinese are loud, pushy, disrespectful, and general detract from the experience. Make sure you... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Lots of photo opportunities and not as many people making the visit very pleasant. Recommend this as the first temple/monastery stop as a warm up to the Potala Palace.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The Jokhang Temple is one of the oldest surviving Buddhist monastry. It is a working monastry - not relegated to museum status. The history within this monastry is mind boggling. Take time to look at the relics. There are numerous temples within the monastry and a knowledge of buddhism and the iconology associated with it will make your visit far... More

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