Jokhang Temple

The Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and intensely spiritual holy temple in Tibet for most Tibetans, is located on Barkhor Square in Lhasa. The Jokhang Temple, also known as Jokhang Monastery was built in 647 during Tang Dynasty by craftsmen from Tibet, China and Nepal during the reign of King Soongtsen Gampo. The Jokhang Temple was first dedicated to the Sakyamuni statue brought by Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti, the sister of the Nepalese king who then married Soongtsen Gampo, which was then moved to Ramoche monastery. The Jokhang temple is the most sacred spiritual center of Tibet and a holy destination for pilgrims to travel from all over the world and from different sects of Tibetan Buddhism, although the Jokhang Temple is presently controlled by the Yellow Hat Sect. Jokhang Temple is not only the most brilliant extant building of the Tubo period but also the oldest civil engineering structures.
Tibeten people always say, 'No Jokhang Temple, No Lhasa'. The Jokhang Temple consists of over 20 halls with the construction area covering more than 25100 square meters. The main hall of the Jokhang Temple is a four-storey timber complet with a golden top and houses the most sacred item in the temple now, which is the gold statue of a seated 12 years old Sakyamuni brought by Princess Wencheng when she married into Tibet in 641 A.D. On the second floor statues of King Songtsem Gampo, Princess Wen Cheng and Princess Bhrikuti are worshiped as accessaries. Jokhang Tempke is truly the most sacred destination to travel and experience the power of faith. Location: Barkhor Square in downtown Lhasa, Tibet  Opening hours: 09:00 to 18:00  Contact number: +86 10 85968802  Tickets: CNY 75

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