Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple

Tour Level:

Admission Ticket:

¥85 ( all year around )

Opening Time:

Morning: 08:00 to 11:30;
Afternoon: 08:00 to 11:30;
Limit: only 1 hour tour

Altitude: 3,650m

Jokhang Temple is the most famous temple, located in the center of the ancient town in Lhasa. It is the beating spiritual heart of Tibet for all Tibetan pilgrims and is also the best place for you to experience the devotion of Tibetans.

Highlights in Jokhang Temple

The temple is a four-storey complex, with roofs covered with gilded bronze tiles. The architectural style is based on the Indian vihara design, and then combined the Nepalese and Tang Dynasty styles.

Jowo Pinpoche ( or Jowo Shakyamuni )

Jowo Pinpoche, the most revered image in Tibet, is placed in the main assembly hall. This 1.5-meter statue Buddha at the age 12 of Shakyamuni is a holiest object. It was brought to Lhasa by Princess Wencheng in Tang Dynasty.

Golden Roof

The roofs of the temple are covered with gilded bronze tiles and also support gilded birds, bells and a variety of other figures in Tibetan styles. Here, you can view the complex of the temple, the Barkhor Street below, and the breath-taking Potala Palace in the distance.

Golden Roof of Jokhang Temple


In the front entrance of Jokhang Temple is a forecourt square where you will see a crowd of pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations, which shocks all tourists coming in Tibet.

Jokhang Temple History

Jokhang Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tibet, with original name - "Tsuklakan", meaning "House of Wisdom". Commonly today, it is known as the Jokhang which means the "House of the Buddha".

It is built in the 7th century during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo who unified whole Tibet and tried to introduce Buddhism in Tibet. Then he successively married Prince Bhrikuti of Nepal and Princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty. When the two wives arrived there, each brought a statue of Jowo Sakyamuni. During that time, Tibetan people lived in tents and there was few palace, so King Songtsem Gampo constructed the Little Jokhang and Jokhang Temple for consecrating the statues.

Jokhang Temple

Travel Tips

1) From 08:00 to 11:30, it is open to religious people, and tourist groups exceeding 10 persons are not allowed to enter into it;
2) From 11:30 to 17:00, it is open to tourists;
3) At 14:00, novice monks will meet on the balcony of the second floor to debate religious doctrine;
4) In the temple, tourist must walk from left to right in accordance with clockwise direction as the locals do;
5) The travel time is limited within 1 hour;
6) If you want to take photos inside the main Hall, you will need to pay ?90 for the permission;
7) Keep your ticket, and you do not need to buy another one for your revisiting the temple during your stay in Lhasa.

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