Jokhang Temple is also called “Qokang Temple”, meaning Buddhist Hall in Tibetan language. It was built during Tubo Dynasty of Tibet area by Songzan Ganbu, the king of Tibet, to memorize Princess Chizun, Songzan Ganbu’s wife who was from ancient Nepal. Now the temple is the most gorgeous existed architecture built in Tubo Dynasty, as well as the earliest architecture with civil structure. In addition, this temple combined the construction style of Tibet, Tang Dynasty, Nepal and Indian. The burning incenses have never ended in front of the temple. The everlasting lighted butter lamp can help people to find traces of time and tide and pilgrims.

Layout: Standing on the golden summit of Jokhang Temple, you can have a panoramic view of Jokhang Temple Square. On the right hand is Potala Palace; nearby is “Princess Willows” (Gongzhu Liu in pinyin). According to legend, these willows were planted by Princess Wencheng. The main palace of Jokhang Temple faces to west, which is different from Buddhism temple of Han nationality. There are four floors in the main palace and two side palaces.
What to See/Do: Maitreya Buddha Hall: The main statue in this hall is a small and exquisite Maitreya Buddha. During yearly dharma assembly, pilgrims carry the statue and walk around on Barkhor Street. The statues of Manjusri and Goddess of Mercy are placed on two sides of Maitreya Buddha.
Hall of Goddess of Mercy: The main statue in this hall is a small statue of Goddess of Mercy. This statue is located on a statue of lion. Other five statues are different incarnations of Goddess of Mercy.
Three Generations Tibet Kings’ Hall: In this hall you will see three generations’ statues of Tibet kings. The main statue is King Songzan Ganbu, the other two kings are Chisong Dezan and Chizu Dezan. During reign of these three kings, Tubo Dynasty had gone booming period and Buddhism was able to be propagated into Tibet due to their strongly support.
Golden Roof of Jokhang Temple: At the ticket office of first floor, there is ladder that can make tourists get on platforms of the second floor and the third floor. These two platforms are good location to overlook the Potala Palace, to have an overview of crowds of people on Jokhang Temple Square, and to experience lifestyle of Tibetan on Barkhor Street.
Duration: 1 – 2 hours
Admission: From Apr 21 to Oct 19: 85RMB
From Oct 20 to Apr 20: 35RMB
Address: Bakuo Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region
Opening time: 09:00 – 18:00
Public transport: 1, Take bus No. 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 18 or 19 and get off at Shi Fuyou Baojianyuan stop;
2, Take bus No. 23, 25, 28 or 29 and get off at Cuomeilin stop.


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