Jokhang Temple

Your trip to Tibet will not be complete without visiting Jokhang Temple. Recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site in 2000, Jokhang Temple is now a spiritual center of Tibet. It is a part of Potala Palace’s complex. From the roof of this temple, you can get a panoramic view of Potala Palace. This sacred temple was started building in 652AD during Tang Dynasty. According to the history, this temple was built for Tang Princess Wen Cheng, who is the wife of King Songtsem Gampo, the leader of ancient Tibet. Its architecture is the combination of Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese styles. Jokhang Temple attracts millions of Buddhist pilgrims every year, especially at festivals.

Potala Palace

Built at an altitude of 3,700 meters, the magnificent architecture is the highest old palace in the world. This palace was originally built by King Songtsem Gampo and restored in 1645 by the 5th Dalai Lama. Potala Palace covers an area of 360,000 square meters and contains 13 stories. In total, the palace contains more than 1000 rooms, 10,000 striking shrines and 200,000 statues. Keep in mind that it is considered disrespectful when taking photos in front of and inside Buddhist temples in Tibet. With its large inward-sloping walls, this palace will look more stunning when being taken photos from afar.

Barkhor Street

Located in the center of ancient Lhasa city, Barkhor Street is a famous pilgrimage route circling Jokhang Temple. At this street, you will see flocks of pilgrims from Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan and India walking closewise to head to sacred Buddhist centers of this city. Barkhor Street is the place for you to understand Tibetan culture, religion and how people value Buddhism. It is also a bustling shopping street where you can buy some souvenirs such as wheel prayers, Tibetan traditional clothes, knives and ornaments. The highlights in Barkhor Street are The Barkhor Street Circumambulation Road, Makye Ame and Canggu Monastery.

Norbulingka

Norbulingka means ‘Jeweled Garden’ in English and is the largest man-made garden in Tibetan region with an area of 360,000 square meters. It was constructed in the 1740s by the 7th Dalai Lama. The buildings are all made of wood and stones with Tibetan style. Norbulingka is divided into three parts: the eastern side in front of the palace containing entrance and front park of Tsokyil Phodrang; the core part is the palace and the western side is the Golden Lingka. With around 100 species of plants, this garden is covered with fresh air and pleasant atmosphere. Summer and autumn are the times to organize festivals, singing, dancing and musical instrument performance in Norbulingka.

Sera Monastery

5 kilometers from Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery is one of three main monasteries in Lhasa besides Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery. The highlight in Sera Monastery is watching the monks’ debating sessions every day at 3 pm (except Sunday). It is an opportunity for you to understand Buddhist rituals, sutras and scriptures. The Great Assembly Hall is the must-see attraction in Sera Monastery and the largest palace here.