Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Square - Gilded copper decoration on the roof of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang is thought to be the principal geomantic power place in Tibet
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- Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Square - Situated in the heart of Lhasa's Old Quarter and first built in the 7th century,the Jokhang is Tibet's most sacred shrine. Pilgrims still prostrate themselves daily before the main entrance whose flagstones have over the centuries,been worn smooth.
- Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Square - Situated in the heart of Lhasa's Old Quarter and first built in the 7th century,the Jokhang is Tibet's most sacred shrine. Pilgrims still prostrate themselves daily before the main entrance whose flagstones have over the centuries,been worn smooth
- Potala Palace - rising from the slopes of Marpori,or Red Mountain,the Potala Palace was reconstructed in two main phases in the 17th century. Named after Mt Potala,the sacred mountain abode of Avalokiteshvara,the Potala has functioned as the traditional seat of government and winter residence of the Dalai Lamas,as well as housing temples and reliquary tombs
- Prayer wheels and flags,Melamchi Ghyang Gompa (Tibetan Buddhist monastery)
- Making an offering,Swayambhunath Stupa,the Monkey Temple
- Kiyomizudera temple,red pagoda,spring cherry trees around pond
- Drepung Monastery. A monk rests among the painted boulders in the hills beside this vast complex. Founded in the 15th Century, Drepungs heyday came two centuries later when it had around 10,000 affiliated monks from over 300 branch monasteries of the Gelugpa school.
- Ganden Monastery. A pilgrim hurls a bundle of flaglets with images of meditational and protector deities into the air on a hilltop above Ganden. Ganden was the first Gelugpa school monastery. Founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa and with a monastic population that reached 3000,it was severely damaged during the Cultural Revolution.
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