Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

Jokhang Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple is in the heart of Lhasa downtown. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. As the most sacred temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple is situated in Lhasa city and attracts many pilgrims to worship and circumambulating around. The temple was founded during King Songtsen Gampo’ reign (617-650 AD). At that time, the King built the temple to welcome his two brides, Princess Bhrikuti from Nepal and Princess Wencheng from China in Tang Dynasty. Both princesses brought statues of Jowo Sakyamuni as their dowries, therefore, Songtsen decided to build a temple to house these important statues. Together with Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Temple was built as well to place the statue brought by Princess Wencheng. Later, the statue was moved to Jokhang Temple as well for better protection.
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Vita Loncar
Xi'an, China24 contributions
Jokhang temle - must see
Oct 2021
I was enjoying every minute in this special place. And when I saw Buddha 2200 years old, this was the special moment. I was also impressed with the monks debate (5 o'clock in the afternoon!). You can buy some nice things in the shop (which can helps monks!). Enjoy the history! Vita
Written October 9, 2021
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taitaimimi
113131447 contributions
Beautiful and crowded !
May 2021 • Family
Beautiful temple. It’s one of the oldest and has nice mural paintings. Always crowded with pilgrims. Do not miss the statue of Shakyamuni in the back. Nice terrace with view.
Written May 9, 2021
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bmick1920
Fort Mill, SC40 contributions
Worth a visit...do the optional dinner
Oct 2019
A good visit, but I was ready to leave because it was so crowded. Remember it's a holy place and treat it as such, and you will enjoy your visit all the more.
Written September 23, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
A Must Visit for Buddhists
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a must visit for Buddhists as it is an Iconic religious place. However, it is very crowded as it is very popular with the local Tibetans.
Written May 30, 2020
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Monk
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
A holy place
Mar 2019
The architecture is amazing.
The feeling of peace and tranquility upon entering the temple is never to be forgotten.
Awesome views from the rooftops of the surrounding city and mountains
Written February 28, 2020
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Elaine H
Greenville, SC729 contributions
Another world!
Oct 2019
This temple was filled with the scent of Yak oil candles with many colored drapes and kneeling pads. Awe imspiring!
Written February 9, 2020
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anotherdayanotheradventure
Hong Kong, China127 contributions
Overly crowded and underwhelming
Jul 2019
This temple had a lot of historical significance and still a very important place as part of the pilgrimage. However, with the throngs of the crowd and the 'security' in pushing you through, I felt that I could not enjoy the temple at my own pace. Unless the historical significance is of importance to you, I would recommend to skip this and go visit the smaller or less known temples. Entrance fee was around 80rmb aswell,which is quite expensive.
Written February 3, 2020
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Mae
14 contributions
Gorgeous
Jan 2020
The place as its solemn aura that makes you feel so in touch with their faith. It was a great experience
Written February 3, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Spiritual centre of pilgrims
Sep 2019 • Business
This is a large assembly area from where the lamas preach. During our visit we saw some worshipers lying on the ground in prayer. Temple ws built about 1,300 years ago. Beautiful architecture.
Written January 26, 2020
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Mik1984
Guildford, UK235 contributions
So atmospheric, wonderful place to view
Sep 2019
The Jokhung Temple was a lovely place to walk around, very atmospheric, with pilgrims coming from all over Tibet. Somewhere not to miss.
Written January 17, 2020
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