Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 Pilgrims. As the most sacred temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple is situated in Lhasa city and attracts many pilgrims to worship and circumambulating around. The temple was founded during King Songtsen Gampo’ reign (617-650 AD). At that time, the King built the temple to welcome his two brides, Princess Bhrikuti from Nepal and Princess Wencheng from China in Tang Dynasty. Both princesses brought statues of Jowo Sakyamuni as their dowries, therefore, Songtsen decided to build a temple to house these important statues. Together with Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Temple was built as well to place the statue brought by Princess Wencheng. Later, the statue was moved to Jokhang Temple as well for better protection.
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anotherdayanotheradventure
Hong Kong, China120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This temple had a lot of historical significance and still a very important place as part of the pilgrimage. However, with the throngs of the crowd and the 'security' in pushing you through, I felt that I could not enjoy the temple at my own pace. Unless the historical significance is of importance to you, I would recommend to skip this and go visit the smaller or less known temples. Entrance fee was around 80rmb aswell,which is quite expensive.
Written 3 February 2020
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James M
Brooklyn, NY68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Jokhang Temple is one of oldest temple in Lhasa and it is in the center of old town. Nicest thing that I saw is always active with lots of pilgrimage and locals are praying inside and outside everywhere but very sad thing is they can not visit after 12 noon. Tourist can visit anytime 9:00 to 16:00
I felt this is not far.
Written 28 June 2023
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Vita Loncar
Xi'an, China40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I was enjoying every minute in this special place. And when I saw Buddha 2200 years old, this was the special moment. I was also impressed with the monks debate (5 o'clock in the afternoon!). You can buy some nice things in the shop (which can helps monks!). Enjoy the history! Vita
Written 9 October 2021
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howardxp1
New York City, NY422 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
There’s over a thousand temples in Tibet. Maybe 2000?
If you want to learn all about Buddhism and see it in action, it’s a good way to see it.
There are areas that are newer and areas that are older - 1000 years+
Many monasteries got destroyed during the 1949 cultural revolution.
Written 7 October 2023
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Business
This is a large assembly area from where the lamas preach. During our visit we saw some worshipers lying on the ground in prayer. Temple ws built about 1,300 years ago. Beautiful architecture.
Written 26 January 2020
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vmimartins
Guimaraes, Portugal1,536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 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 visited temples in India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Bali and other places but this one seems more authentic and less manicured. It´s the soul and believes of a people.
Take a guide (or guide book) so you can understand the full concept of the temple.
Don´t miss the view from the roof - to Barkhor Street and the Potala...
Walk around and feel the life despite the strong Chinese military presence.

One of the highlights of our China tour
Written 15 September 2011
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Yo and Lo W
San Francisco79 contributions
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The Tsuklakhang, also known as the Jokhang, because it houses the Jowo Rinpoche statue, is probably the wildest, most beautiful place in Lhasa, and that's with some pretty fierce competition. At the entrance, we picked up a thermos of liquid yak butter to pour into the butter lamp offerings, then joined the press of people queuing, sort of, in the outer courtyard, along side the Tibetans crammed into every available inch of space doing full-body prostrations.

Almost immediately, the atmosphere shifts into urgent expectation, and we are all herded, jostling and murmuring prayers, into the first courtyard, a space open to the sky but for a huge Tibetan cloth tent covering, and then, rushing as much as the dense crowd allows, into the very dark and narrow entrance hall - the floor already slick with the butter that will light every chapel inside.

It's already hot, all the humans pressed together, and dark, and smells of butter and incense and age - 1400 years of age. And it's sort of claustrophobic and freaky, with the first statues appearing in the form of fearsome protector deities lining the hall. And now we're all spit out into the main prayer hall dominated by two huge statues - either a Buddha Shakyamuni or an Avalokiteshwara (Boddhisatva of compassion) or Buddha Maitreya (the future Buddha), I can't remember which, and a Guru Rimpoche, side by side in their enormity, like 30 or 40 foot tall, in the inimitable Tibetan style - the statues gold and an achingly rich blue, draped in brocades of swirling patterns of yellow, orange, red, green, gold, and encrusted with turqoise, coral, dzi and diamonds, and melting into the surrounding murals and kaleidoscopic silk banners and wildly-painted carved columns and, and and...

And it's way too much, and too dark and hot and crowded, and phantasmagoric, but it's at the same time a feeling of complete and utter safety and comfort, in the hum of prayers and the radiant Buddhas everywhere you look. The Dalai Lama once said that if you feel fear you can imagine yourself laying your head in the lap of the Buddha, and this entire experience is a moment of being held by the many thousands of Buddhas and deities and protectors and prayers, all focused on all that is precious and splendid and radiant and beneficent and rich and kind in our hearts - the shining hour of humanity - our very best selves.

And now we bunch and push through to the many tiny windowless, lamp-lit chapels that line the inner perimeter of the main hall, on two floors, all surrounding the open-to-the-air center where the main statues sit, so the effect is both very dark and airy at the same time.
Each single chapel is splendid, mysterious, layered in history and meaning, and we bend and push in through low wooden beamed doors and high stone thresholds, and circle the tiny rooms auspiciously, clockwise, some folks dripping butter into the large silver lamps, cramming 1 jiao notes into every available crevice in offering, mothers touching their babies' foreheads to holy spots, ancient pilgrims supported over the hard spots.

Most precious and most deeply beautiful is the Jowo - for which the Jokhang is named - luminous, sparkling, glowing - too fast we are pushed around by handler monks for crowd control. The very old Tibetan grandma ahead of me can barely climb the 3 small steps beside the statue where we touch our foreheads to the Jowos' left leg for a blessing, and is half-helped, half-pushed by the monk.

Finally, we flow through to the second floor chapels and then to the top floor, where we are stunned by the fierce, piercing sun and the reflections of the golden roofs. Excellent views through squinting eyes - the Potala - the prostrators in the courtyard below - the crowds streaming around the building on the Barkhor prayer circumambulation. Marvelous - I can't imagine a place I would rather be at that moment.
Written 21 July 2010
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nicdigby
UK173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Jokhang Temple in Lhasa was the highlight for many of our group of 3 weeks in Tibet. You MUST visit in the mornings....the Chinese would like you to visit in the afternoons when it is only open to tourists. However, in the mornings there are hundreds of pilgrims from all over Tibet, many of whom have walked for months to get there, in the temple. It is full of atmosphere and interest. One of the most evoking experiences I have ever had.
Written 9 June 2005
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dcm
Orlando, FL185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The temple is the most revered and sacred Budhist site. It is visited daily by large crowds of pilgrims from all over Tibet and Nepal. Seeing these crowds gives hope that the Tibetan people will manage to preserve their traditions in spite of efforts to convince them to deny their believes and support for the 14th Dalai Lama.
Written 12 July 2019
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Samantha
Kuala Lumpur153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
it's quite small inside. less than an hour visit. during my visit, my guide told us that they restrict the visiting to about an hour's tour for each group.

overall a must visit in lhasa. to complete what we saw outside the temple and around barkhor street, jokhang is a must go.
Written 8 June 2019
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