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“Jokhang Temple”
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Jokhang Temple
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Top 1 Day Tibet Tour with Potala Palace Jokhang Temple and Barkhor by Walking
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Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
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Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A visit to Lhasa without visisting Jokhang Temple is not complete. So Jokhang Temple is by no means one of most important attractions in capital city of Lhasa, Tibet. 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.
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Outside of the temple was perhaps more interesting than inside. Outside, worshippers go through elaborate prostrations honoring their religion; some apparently after having traveled for days/weeks to get to the most religious temple in their religion. Chinese guards watched over them and fire extinguishers in a bucket were waiting, just in case. Inside the museum, the Buddha and other religious statues were beautiful. Unfortunately, the incense was at times overpowering for me, someone who isn't used to incense but, I was very happy to have been given a chance to see something so beautiful.

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Its great to see the people praying outside of the temple and there is a lot of history surrounding it. Beautiful temple and worth seeing.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Experience the hundreds of pilgrims that come here daily, some from very far. Make the walk around the temple with them, get enchanted!

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

You can't get enough of watching the people circling the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. It is a riot of color, noise, and unexpected sights. The vendors add interest and entertainment.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is the spiritual heart of Tibet, the most important temple for Tibetans. I give this four stars because of what it could be without the crowds and yak butter candles and incense. The tourist invasion seems like a desecration. It was so crowded I almost fainted. Once I got to the roof, things were better and I could appreciate the beauty. So sad that they don't limit the visitors as they do at the Potala Palace.

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