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Jokhang Temple, Lhasa

Jokhang Temple Overview

Renowned as one of the most sacred places in Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is beautiful. It is situated in Tibet, autonomous region, China. For many Tibetans the temple is an important place of worship. The temple is run by the Gelug School. However, in some regards it is pan- sectarian.

The Jokhang Temple’s architectural style is an amalgamation of the Chinese Tang Dynasty Design, the Indian Vihara Design and the Nepalese Design. It is known the temple was constructed by many Nepalese artists. The temple was built during the King Songtsan Gampo’s reign. As per legends, the temple was built for the two brides of the king. It is believed the wives were the ones to bring Buddhist images and statues from China and Nepal to Tibet. These items were part of their dowries.

Among other tourist destinations in Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is counted among the most popular tourist destinations. Therefore, it is a spiritual centre of Lhasa and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace". The best time to visit the temple is during the annual Great Prayer Festival. It is celebrated from 8th to 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar.

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