As the preeminent temple for local and visiting devoted Tibetan pilgrims, time spent at Jokhang Temple ranks high among things to do in Lhasa. Originally built to cultivate Buddhism in Tibet, Jokhang Temple is quite literally the home of Buddha. Here you will find over 3,000 images of Buddha, not least of which is the centrally positioned image of Jowo Shakyamuni (or Jowo Rinpoche) – the golden Buddha.
Expect to be joined by throngs of prostrating pilgrims as you marvel at the vibrant blend of Chinese, Nepalese, and Indian architectural elements that are evident in the temple’s remarkable design. Keep in mind that Jokhang Temple is first and foremost a place of reverence for Tibetan Buddhists, so visitors are encouraged to remain mindful of this while visiting.