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Jokhang Temple

Address: Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
Phone Number: 0891-6323129
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Ranked #2 of 57 Attractions in Lhasa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This ancient temple, dating from the 7th century, is the spiritual...
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

As a foreigner you can not travel independently in Lhasa----which means you must book a government approved guide. Our first day the guide was late picking us up, We had only a monastery and the Jokhang Temple to see. We saw the monastery first and then he took us to the Mandela cafe for a lunch on him -----order anything... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

One can appreciate why this is considered Tibet's most revered religious structure. Not only the beauty of the architecture, but the hundreds of pilgrims walking clockwise around it, chanting their prayers while twirling their prayer wheel or working their prayer beads. While others are showing their devotion by the numerous performing of Tibetan bowing. It's beautiful to watch. They stand... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We visited this temple with young kids in winter. Outside the temple, we saw hundreds of Locals and pilgrims paying homage walking and praying in circling clockwise direction. Most chosen to walk Clockwise because this imeant they follow the Buddhism belief, anti-clockwise was used few and far in between as this meant follow the original Tibetan religion. During winter, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Jokhang Temple is a fascinating place, not because of the religious significance, but because of the devotion that the people have toward it, as they walk in a clockwise direction around the building,with prayer beads in hand, or wait in long lines for hours just to get in to pay homage to the Buddha, or go through the special hand... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

In here, you will find the reason why Tibetans are willing to prostrate from thousands of kilometres to make their way here and was willing to die on the way. Muslims prostate towards Mecca, Catholics will eventually make their way to see the Pope at the Vatican. Jews; the wailing west wall in Jerusalem, Christians would travel to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Jokhang Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest temple in Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. Situated in the heart of Lhasa, this lovely 4-storey building with architectural styles of the Tang Dynasty, Tibetan & Nepalese combined. It was a very touching & moving experience for me to see the absolute devotion of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Jokhang temple and square are a must see in Lhasa. This is an incredibly important Buddhist area in Tibet and just by walking around the temple in a clockwise fashion you'll see. There are tons of Buddhists prostrating in front of the temple and as they make there circular journey around the temple. The temple provides excellent sights and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Located in the middle of download Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple has played a major role for Buddhist pilgrimage. The four story temple is circled clockwise on foot by Buddhist worshippers. Prostrator bow and flatten themselves on the floor before the temple entrance. It currently houses a massive collection of priceless statues. Several which have survived through Tibet's turbulent history including... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Great views of the Potala Palace from the rooftop! Also great to see the Tibetans circle the temple from an aerial perspective.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I visited this temple after climbing the Potala Palace, so the thick incense inside really bothered my lungs. That being said, I was inspired to see many worshipers praying in front of the Jokhang Temple. The shrines inside were beautiful, and I was glad we visited.

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