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Jokhang Temple

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Included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple is in the heart of Lhasa downtown. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan...more
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Barkhor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 September 2011

Another UNESCO World Heritage but this one is not a museum: is a truly and alive spiritual place. This temple is the heart of the city. Surrounded by the colorful Barkhor Street, this temple and street are the symbol of the ancient Tibet. I have...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Jokhang Temple is a Buddhist temple. It is located near the Barkhor Bazaar, a section of the oldest part of Lhasa that bustles with marketplace activity and religious devotion. ThWe waited in line for over 2 hours to enter the 1,300 year old temple. There...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like the Potala, it's a living temple, so that you will see long lines of Tibetan worshippers coming from all over the country. Your thin line of visitors goes faster through the numerous chappels and alters, and the spirituality of the place invades you as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go on a tour you will miss the essence of this magnificent temple. We went in the morning when all the Tibetan pilgrims line up to see their holiest chapels. Be patient and make the line on the left. You will be standing...More

Thank PeterS764
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was quite crowded when we were there. Hardly any other Westerners, but lots of mainland Chinese and of course lots of Tibetans. You always felt sort of pushed around... A great temple with remarkable statues and wall-paintings. Just as interesting the "market" square outside,...More

Thank UrsulaHans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jokhang Temple is beautiful. You must visit. Its fantastic, the buildings the artwork, the atmosphere, the people, the devotion. Great place to spend a few hours, and you'll enjoy every minute.

Thank rob788
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE passed by this temple everyday during our stay in Lhasa. We saw people in their prayer rituals in and around the temple. Very fascinating to watch.

Thank travelmaven_7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! This place was crowded on our visit and had the strong smell of incense everywhere. Go with a tour group as they are paying customers and have a special line to use to enter. Locals are free but the wait is pretty long. A...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting. Quite a lot of tourists (glad we came after the Chinese October Holiday as we were told it was packed then!) but also lots of Tibetans praying in the shrines.

Thank R J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building but quite busy with many tourists. You have to see it if in Lhasa as it is the central temple of buddhism.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the most sacred temple in Tibet Buddhism. It is surrounded by Barkhor street and you can people walking around it in circles all day.

Thank WL911
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Mecca for Buddhist. Last place the Dali Lama stayed before exile to India. Very lovely ancient structures. Well worth the time and effort to visit. Temple itself is quite moving generating significant respect for this religion.

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Response from hoangquangnhuan | Reviewed this property |
It's sage. anyway, there are a lot of butter oil inside. It can make hard smell for all people. There are many people bring the butter and fill for the candles inside.