The Jokhang Temple is a Buddhism Temple in Barkhor Square, Lhasa, the heart of Tibet. It is not only one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites but also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lhasa. The Jokhang was constructed in 642 by King Songtsen Gampo. It is said that this temple was founded for the king’s two brides: Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Then it became an even more well-known temple after the Buddhist master Atisha taught here in the 11th century. Till now, it has a history of 1300 years and owns the supreme status in Tibetan Buddhism.
The view spot consists of four parts of labyrinthine chapels; the dim light of prey candles creates a glow around the place and the smell of incense is everywhere. The buildings are made of wood and stone with a golden roof, and the whole structure is an outstanding example of Tibetan Buddhist style combining with influences from China, India and Nepal. Both Bhrikuti and Wencheng are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here.
Climb to the top of the temple for a view of the whole Jokhang Square and you can also catch the views of Potala Palace in the far distance. Many pilgrims prostrate every few feet, while others walk slowly, chanting sacred mantras and spinning hand-held prayer wheels. Every year, the Great Prayer Festival of Buddhist is held here. So it is definitely one of the must-see attractions in Lhasa city tour.
1. The admission fee is 85 RMB. Tourists need to walk into the temple in another door other than the Tibetan people.
2. There will be a smaller monks debating in the platform of the second floor at 3：00pm.