Located in the old city center in Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is a Tibetan buddhist monastery being listed as the first group of national key units of cultural relics protection in 1961 by the State Council and the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. It is said that if you haven’t been the Jokhang Temple, you don’t really been the Lhasa during your Tibet tour.
Jokhang Temple is a temple of the civil engineering structures and features 3 floors for the main hall, whose top roof covering the Tibetan unique golden roof. Under the decoration of the sunshine, its brightness dazzles the eyes. One thousand years of history, one thousand years of incense lasted for a story circulated for more than one thousand years.
Jokhang Temple is the most brilliant construction during the tubo period existing in Tibet, and also the Tibet’s oldest civil structure construction, which created the temple layout gauge type of the Tibetan Pingchuan style. It is a blend of Tibetan, Tang, Nepal and India’s architectural style and becomes the eternal masterpiece of Tibetan religious architecture. There exists a large number of precious cultural relics, which offers rich material for the Tibetan studies. Besides, the Tang Fan cemented stone set in the square in front of Jokhang Temple monuments witnesses the Chinese and Tibetan people’s deep friendship; Zhongdou stone tablet meanwhile witnesses the care of the central government to the Tibetan people.
Travel tips: 1) Opening time: 07:00-12:00 in the morning and 15:00-18:30 in the afternoon. 2) Ticket price: 85 RMB/adult. 3) Duration: 1 hour. 4) Best time to visit: summer and autumn especially from May to October when the weather is temperate and has many festivals for you to enjoy the Tibetan unique ethnic customs. 5) How to get there: take the city buses No.7, 8, 20, 21, 22 and 23 to the Cemenlin Stop or take the No.5, 6, 15, 17, 18 and 24 public buses to the Lugu stop. 6) Must be careful of beggars there and don’t impulse to shop in the Jokhang Street.