366 Jokhang Temple - Green Mountain Photography

The Jokhang Temple in Lhasa is one of the main places Tibetans and tourists visit. Most of the Tibetans walk round the temple area in a clockwise fashion. The temple was founded during the reign of King Songsten Gampa around 642AD. The King built it in honor of two of his brides (it is believed that he had 5 in total.) a Chinese flag now flies from the top of the temple and there is an admission fee as well. A large number of pilgrims make their way to Lhasa each year. Many come from significant distances and during our travels around Tibet we encountered many on the road. Most walk, but the more devout prostrate themselves all the way, taking several steps in between. When they reach Lhasa they prostrate themselves in from of places like the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Pilgrims are both male and female.

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