Jokan Monastery
Tibet, Lhasa

The geographic and religious center of Lhasa is the Jhokang Monastery and the adjacent Barkhor Square. It is believed that it was founded in 649. The four-story Dzhokan was rebuilt several times. Particularly intensive construction work was carried out in the XV and XVII centuries. Currently, the temple has more than 250 sculptural images and statues of Buddhist deities, Lamaist saints, Tibetan rulers. Skillful sculptural images, compositions of frescoes and icons make a stunning impression. Here are two statues of Buddha brought by the two wives of Songtsen Gampo. The temple is surrounded by the sacred Barkhor Square, 800 meters long, which is at the same time the largest Tibetan bazaar with many shops, shops, and workshops.

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