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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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Private Day Tour of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa Including Lunch
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Day Tour: Tibet Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
Ranked #1 of 90 things to do in Lhasa
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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 July 24, 2013

Come early to watch all the pilgrims arrive and do their prays. getting onto the plaza is 'interesting' with all the chinese security and fire brigade standing by.

Thank CaptErnie
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

As I was staying at a hotel not very far from Bokhar, I walked to this temple everyday, at different times of the day, and at each point, there was something new to see. I was inside the temple twice, and would have no problems visiting it again.
There are so many nooks and crannies to explore, and at the top, there is even a view of Potala Palace.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Less well-known than the Potala Palace outside of Tibet, this temple appears to be of more importance to locals. There is a strong Chinese military/police presence in the area, with crowd-control gates in case of "trouble". (We were warned not to photograph the PoPo.) Nonetheless, there is a steady stream of pilgrims coming here to pray. As paying guests, we got to jump the line past many locals, who did not seem to be offended by this. Inside was similar to Potala, in that it was dark, smoky, and crowded. After weaving our way through the rooms on the ground floor, we worked our way up to the roof, which provided a great opportunity for photos of Lhasa.
Afterwards, we sat outside and watched the pilgrims departing. I was surprised that many of the tiny, ancient-seeming Tibetan ladies hobbling away were wearing Nike running shoes! LOL! (I was wearing mine too!)
Don't miss it!

Thank Futuremauian
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Loved this place, it's uniqueness and location is also superb. Surrounded by Jokhang Street you can spend half a day around this area. Lots to see, buy and can also have some decent meals.

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Where Buddhists go for a pilgrimage... a must see... be prepared for Chinese occupational forces, but this was the only place in China where you felt this kind of police/army presence...

1  Thank PaulyJ201
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