Barkhor Street refers to the old street surrounding Jokhang Temple in the heart of old district of Lhasa. Tibetans regard it as “Holy road”. For travelers, it is a prominent window to have a glimpse of Tibet.
A commercial center of Lhasa.
Originally, it was just the road to Jokhang Temple, and it has developed as a commercial center. Here, you can buy local souvenirs like ghee, ornaments, gold and silver ware. You can also find many exotic craftworks on the sell from Nepal and India. At night, it is an illuminated world. After a day’s tiredness, you can go to local coffee shops or bars to have a rest.
A Religious symbol
Barkhor Pilgrim Circuit is a characteristic feature. Pilgrims coming from other provinces walk clockwise in Barkhor Street to show their beliefs in Buddism. Then you can also touch pray wheel to pray for good wishes.
An old romance
When you go to Tibet, you can hear a lot of old legends, stories and tales. Based on this interest, you may consider to try a meal at Magyia Ngami Restaurant at Barkhor Street. It was in this place that the 6th Dalai Lama Cangyand Gyamco fell in love with a young girl. He called her Magyia Ngami in Tibetan. It sounds like a romance, doesn’t it?
Through his poems, we can still feel that romance between the lines.
You’d better walk clockwise when travelling around Barkhor
You should not walk the street too late at night, or you may be lost.
You can bargain with sellers for a reasonable price.