Jokhang Temple in Lhasa - Tibet

The Jokhang Temple, Tibet's most sacred place, is in the center of Lhasa.



Along the innermost of the three pilgrim routes, pilgrims move around the temple in a clockwise direction while walking on the 800 m long Barkhor. In front of the temple, many throw themselves flat along the ground. Some pilgrims also move this way from their home villages to the temple, and measure the path in the number of body lengths.

Jokhang Temple Lhasa


 Spinning the prayer wheel means that the prayer is being read for every turn. In addition to Buddhas and Ahats, the inside of the temple contains the Jo-bo-Buddha. It was once the statue of a slim boy when the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng brought it here during a 2 year journey following a peace agreement in the year 822. Now for each donation of around 2000 Euros, the Buddha receives a new coating of gold. As a result, it now has a round face. It is the most sacred Buddha statue in Tibet.

Buddha in Jokhang Temple


The sight of women laboring as construction workers is still always a surprise.

View from the roof of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa


From the roof of the temple you have a beautiful view of the Potala Palace.


Since 2000 the Jokhang Temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Ensemble Potala Palace in Lhasa".

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