Jokhang, Lhasa

4 May 2010 - 5:54pm Comments Off

The Jokhang Temple is located on Barkhor Square in the old section of Lhasa. It was built during the reign of king Songsten Gampo to celebrate his marriage with Chinese Tang Dynasty princess Wencheng, who was a Buddhist. Both Bhrituti and Wencheng, the Nepalese and Chinese wives of Songsten Gampo are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here.

The Jokhang Temple in Lhasa

The entire temple complex occupies approximately 25,000 sq.meters. Pilgrims circumambulate the temple as part of a pilgrimage to the site. The circumabulation route is known as the “kora” in Tibetan and is marked by four large stone incense burners placed at the corners of the temple complex. After circumambulating the exterior, pilgrims make their way to the main hall of the temple which houses the Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha statue, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism.

Roofs of the Jokhang

For most Tibetans the Jokhang is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. Along with the Potala Palace, it is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace,” and a spiritual centre of Lhasa.

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The famous Jowo Rinpoche in Jokhang

Prostrating Tibetans are a commonplace sight outside the Jokhang

Lama Tsongkhapa in Jokhang Temple

Close up of Lama Tsongkhapa


The Jokhang temple complex houses hundreds of statues which have been venerated throughout the years

Many locals and pilgrims wait patiently for a chance to enter the Jokhang...

... or prostrate to the holy images within

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche visited the Jokhang in 2009

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