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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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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

On July 15, 2014, I visited the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market as part of a ten week tour of Asia. We walked to the temple from our hotel, only a few blocks away, and took a tour of this beautiful temple. There were a number of people doing chakstal (ritual prostration) at the front of the temple. This is... More

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Dusseldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The amount of pilgrims visiting the place and the central location gives to the Temple a great popularity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited the temple 1st thing on Sunday morning. It was packed with tourists and more importantly pilgrims who have travelled from all over Tibet to come to the regional festival. Our guide shared with us many stories including paintings of Buddhas appearing on walls with no explanation. The cues were epic but as we live in China we are... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Of the many temples that we visited on our 16 day gate 1 adventure, this was my favorite. When you first arrive at the courtyard of this temple you encounter dozens of parishioners praying and prostrating at the front entrance. It was truly an amazing site, and something that I've never before seen. The locals were very interested in my... More

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Michiganian
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

While the Potala Palace is the reason tourists come to Lhasa, I found Jokhang Temple to be the heart of the Tibetan people. It was here that we saw pilgrims who had come to Lhasa kowtowing on their knees for months to reach the city. It was here that we saw the brightly costumed Tibetan people and saw their intensity... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I really enjoyed seeing this building. We had a great guide who could explain all the parts of the building to us. There are lots of shops close to the Temple if you are looking for presents to bring back to your loved ones. Don't forget to bargain!

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is an extremely busy temple with the locals praying in front of and inside. It was jam packed and it took quite some time to pass through the front yard and then the inside to reach the courtyard in the middle. We have to follow the tourist route to the roof top and this took another half an hour.... More

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Watching the locals and villagers on pilgrimage is fascinating as they walk clockwise throughout the city to its temples and palaces. The locals "kow tow" praying from long distances finally reaching the temples after months of meticulously slow movements are a sight to experience. The resolve and patience is staggering. Tibet is nevertheless an oxymoron of circumstances and opportunist are... More

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Colorful and very interesting place filled with pilgrims young and old, children on their backs, and monks doing their rituals.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a great temple to visit if you want to see how the people of Old Town worship. It has statues of pretty much every Buddha and Bodhisattva, and if you stick around you can often catch a Buddhist ritual here.

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