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.
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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 - Gilded copper decoration on the roof of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang is thought to be the principal geomantic power place in Tibet
- A young Tibetan woman strolls the Barkhor,the holiest of Lhasa's circumambulatory devotional routes
- 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.
- 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)
- Myanmar, Burma, Yangon, Rangoon. The Reclining Buddha, Chaukhtatgyi Paya, in Yangon has 108 sacred symbols on the soles of his feet. Each mark describes the life of Buddha before attaining enlightenment.
- Close-up of Reclining Buddha Statue, Chaukhtatgyi Temple, Rangoon, Myanmar
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- Ganden Monastery.Prayer flags mark the limit of pilgrims excursions into the hills around Ganden.They are usually strung around sacred places to purify the air and pacify the gods, and their fluttering is believed to release their written prayers into the heavens. The colours too are symbolic of the elements.
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- Pabonka Monastery. First built in the 7th Century and among one of Lhasa's most ancient sites,this small monastery has been rebuilt and restored several times. It is believed that the Tibetan alphabet was invented here by a monk.
- Sera Monastery. Along Sera's kora,or pilgrimage circuit,a monk bows before a rock-painted image of Yama Dharmaraja,a bull-headed protector deity favoured by the Gelugpa school. Behind rises a slender building from which a giant thangka,or religious painting,is unfurled during festivals.