Barkhor Street (Bakuo Street)

Barkhor Street

Located the old town of Lhasa, Barkhor Street (Bakuo Street) is also called “Baojiao Street”. It is a famous ritual walk path and business center of Lhasa City. The old appearance and living style of the old town are well kept now.

The previously Barkhor Street is simply a ritual walk path around Jokhang Temple. Tibetan calls it “Sacred Path”. Now Barkhor Street is commonly refers to vast old streets around Jokhang Temple. Sichuan people take a larger proportion among Lhasa people, and in Sichuan dialect, the pronunciation of “Bakuo” resembles “Bajiao”, hence its another name “Bajiao”.

Layout: Bakuo Street is a polygon loop street consisting of Bakuo East street, Bakuo West street, Bakuo south street and Bakuo north street. There are 35 lanes and many side paths. The perimeter of Bakuo Street is over 1,000 meters.
What to See/Do: Ritual Walk Path (Zhuanjingdao): The ritual walk path on Bakuo Street is one of the most important paths for Tibetan people. When darkness falls, people from north of Tibet, Kang-Ba Tibetan area and local Tibetan get together on the street without any demands and walk around by clockwise direction on this loop street.
Makye Ame Inn: When visiting Bakuo Street, you must come and sit for a drink at Makye Ame Inn, which is also called “Dalai Palace”. This yellow painted inn used to be the temporary palace of Tsangyang Gyatso, the sixth Dalai Lama. Tsangyang Gyatso is not only an excellent religious leader, but also a talented romantic poet. According to legend, Tsangyang Gyatso met a charming girl, Makye Ame, in this yellow house and then wrote a poem about her. Paintings, photographs and handicrafts are everywhere in this nice inn.
Specialties in Bakuo Street: Bakuo Street kept the original appearance of ancient Lhasa. The street is covered with artificial stones, old style of Tibet houses are still remained here. In the center of the street is a giant incense burner. On two sides of the street are elegant shops including more than 120 crafts store and over 200 stands. These shops and stands sell numerous products such as prayer wheel, scriptures, butter lamps, highland barley wine (Qingke Wine), wooden bowl, harness and other products from India, Nepal or Burma.
Duration: 2 hours
Admission: Free
Address: Bakuo Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region.
Opening time: All day.
Public transport: Take bus loop line 9, 10 or 11, or bus No. 12, 15, 17, 18 or 19, get off at Shi Fuyou Baojianyuan stop;
Take bus No. 23, 25, 28 or 29, get off at Cuomeilin stop.


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