Category Archives: Tibetan Attractions

Barkhor Street

The Barkhor Street is an important passage for Tibetan Buddhist monks and believers to worship and pray. The Barkhor Street is surrounded by the Jokhang Temple. It is a concentrated version of Tibet’s history, religion, folk customs and trade. If you don’t go to the Barkhor Street, you cannot see the Jokhang Temple; if you don’t go to the Barkhor Street, as if you have not been to Lhasa; a lot of people feel that the Barkhor Street before dawn is the purest, the strong religious atmosphere makes people moved! In Barkhor Street, you can taste food from Tibet, India, Nepal, etc.; buy jewelry and ethnic handicrafts; observe and experience unique Tibetan folk customs and cultures nearby; it is an ideal place for sightseeing and worshipping Buddha.

Barkhor Street is the second place to that must be visited in addition to the Potala Palace, for your Lhasa trip. It is also the way for the locals to worship. There are very few people stopping to watch the worshippers, except for a few tourists, it maybe because people are used to it, and regard this as part of life. There is a famous restaurant in the Barkhor Street, called Makye Ame, and there are really many people in the restaurant, and the price is more expensive. However, it is a good place to learn about the lives of local people.

Everyone who enters Barkhor Street and Jokhang Temple Square needs to pass the security check, scan the ID card, check the backpack before entering, and Barkhor Street is a place worth visiting. It is not only near the Jokhang Temple, and it is the most prosperous place in Lhasa. It is surrounded by a lot of sweet tea shops, restaurants, western food, so you can experience the local style. As for the time of play, it can be 1 hour or half a day, all depending on your needs. Because there are many lanes, you can go deep to experience more there.

Jokhang Temple

The Jokhang Temple is a true sacred place in the hearts of millions of Tibetan believers and has supreme status in Tibetan Buddhism. In particular, the devout worshippers who are in front of the temple really will let you feel the power of faith. The Jokhang Temple, located in the center of the old city of Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and the earliest civil structure in Tibet. It is recommended to ask a guide to explain more deeply. Photographs can be taken outside the temple, but taking photos is prohibited in the main hall. The golden dome of the Jokhang Temple is shining, which cost more than 40 million to build! Numerous gold and bronze sculptures are vivid and beautiful, and the Potala Palace can be seen from the terrace on the second floor of the Jokhang Temple. The ticket for the Jokhang Temple during the peak season is 85 yuan / person, in addition to the Jokhang Temple, the ticket-free attractions also include the Potala Palace, Everest, Lake Nam, and other district-level tourist attractions!

In general, the Jokhang Temple is the place where every person who comes to Lhasa must come, whether you are a tourist or a believer. It is the highest-ranking temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Although its architecture is not grand, it is a classic of Tibetan architecture like the Potala Palace.

The chanting in the Jokhang Temple usually begins in the afternoon. It is the same meaning for the Tibetan people to see a chanting in the Jokhang Temple and to see the national flag in Tiananmen Square.

The observation deck on the second floor of the Jokhang Temple has a limited bearing capacity. You can see the scene of the worship of the square in front of the Jokhang Temple, and you can also look at the mountains in the distance.

Drepung Monastery

As the largest temple in the world, Drepung Monastery has a maximum of more than 10,000 people, and the tour there takes about 3 to 4 hours. There are countless halls in Drepung Monastery, the most famous of which are the Gandan PoZhang Hall (5th Dalai Palace) and the Cuoqin Hall.

Drepung Monastery has a very good idea. The road signs in the temple are very clear. It is not just the main tour route. You often see an arrow on the wall, which says you can visit here and feel afraid that you will miss any corner during your trip there. Like Tashilhunpo monastery, there are some people explaining the attraction for you in Drepung Monastery, so that you will better understand its history and culture. If you visit it by yourself, you can look at it step by step and look for inadvertent scenery.

Here are some tips for you to have better experience on your trip to the Drepung Monastery:

a) Drepung Monastery is located in the west of Lhasa, about 10 kilometers from the Potala Palace. Because the bus stop of the Drepung Monastery Scenic Area is the gate, there is an uphill mountain road about 1 km away from the entrance of the temple ladder, and the Drepung Monastery is also built on the mountain, so it is still necessary to climb the mountain. So, you don’t have to waste your physical strength outside the sights.

b) In June of the annual Tibetan calendar, the general calendar is August, and at that time the Grand Buddha-shining (Thangka shining) event will be held during the Sho Dun Festival.

c) Drepung Monastery has a debate field, but it seems that there is no fixed time for debate. And you can view it in the afternoon if you are interested in it. It is a very shocking scene there.


Norbulingka is located on the west side of the Potala Palace. It was built in the 1840s (Dalai VII) and is a place where the Dalai Lama has spent the summer there to deal with government affairs (it is called summer palace). It is a typical Tibetan style garden. The Norbulingka is quite large and covers an area of 360,000 square meters. It consists of several groups of palace buildings, such as Gesangpozhang, Jinse Pozhang, and Dadan Mingjiuzhang. Among them, the Cuoji Pozhang (Huxin Pavilion) is the most beautiful scenic spot in the Norbulingka. “Da Dan Ming Wen Pozhang” is the new palace of the 14th Dalai Lama. The Tibetan language means “the eternal palace.” It is truly magnificent, and full of flowers! However, photographs are not allowed inside the palace. There are many Thangkas and countless treasures, and one of the gold thrones made of pure gold is staggering!

The architectural wall of Norbulingka is yellow, which is a symbol of the color of the Yellow Church. The tour guide will introduce that in the park, the yellow wall refers to the residence of the monks, and the white wall refers to the residence of the laity. Norbulingka highlights the natural atmosphere of gardens and plants on the snowy plateau, with artificial buildings dotted around it. Through the careful management of the Dalai Lama, the Norbulingka has built various palaces, villas, pavilions, otters, and planted a large number of flowers and trees. It has formed a large garden of 360,000 square meters and has become an open park and museum for people to visit and hold various holiday activities.

Many of the palaces inside have murals, which are all historical artifacts, and the painting are very beautiful. In fact, some people may feel that Norbulingka is not very big. There are many palaces that require you to walk slowly to enjoy the special charm there.

Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburbs of Lhasa. It costs about 40 yuan when going there from the city. The Tibetans in the scenic area are free to open. Tickets for other tourists are 50 Yuan/person.

After entering the scenic spot, some temples are still being renovated, and large trucks are driving in and out, which is very dangerous. The main halls and the shacks are very beautiful, especially the murals and Buddha statues which are created hundreds of years ago are invaluable. It is recommended that everyone is civilized traveling and loves cultural relics.

Sera Monastery is well known to outsiders for its dok, but Sera Monastery not just has debate. Walking on the path, you can turn around every corner of the temple and feel the past of the Sera Monastery.

After 15:00 o’clock in the afternoon, there will be many halls closed. It is recommended to visit the Sera Monastery in the morning or at noon. In the afternoon, you can take a look at the debate.

At the gate of the Sera Monastery, there are not many believers. Instead, there will be more tourists than believers. They are all rushing through the wonderful debates.

The Sera Monastery is not as grand as Drepung Monastery, not as solemn as Jokhang Temple, but the debate of the Sera Monastery is definitely the most distinctive and the most one that cannot be missed.

After watching the debate, you may feel that it is just like watching a wonderful performance, and basically you still don’t know that they are debating. Perhaps its charm is to let people feel that under the pure blue sky and white clouds of Tibet, there is piety, simplicity and concentration of faith, which is wonderful!

During visiting the Sera Monastery, you will see a lot of Thangka murals and exquisite paintings, which make people feel the strong Buddhist atmosphere. The monks in the hall are chanting, and you may look forward to their simple life.

The Potala Palace

The Potala Palace is very close to the Jokhang Temple. It is 20 minutes from the Jokhang Temple. It is a place for taking pictures. There are many believers kowtowing in the door of the palace.

The Potala Palace in April is still the winter in Tibet. In order to promote winter tourism, Tibet’s main attractions are free of tickets, including the Potala Palace. However, there are only 2,000 tickets per day, and there are only a few hundred scattered tickets. It is impossible for oneself to queue up buying the tickets one day or two days in advance. So, you still need to spend money to join a local 1-day group. Of course, having a professional tour guide is also good for you to have better experience while visiting Tibet.

The outer walls of the Potala Palace are painted once a year, so even though it has a history of thousands of years, it is still as new. The paint is mixed with milk, honey, white sugar, etc. in white ash, and is carefully brushed by the believers.

The Potala Palace has only four colors, red symbolizes authority, white symbolizes peace, black symbolizes solemnity, yellow symbolizes prosperity, the roof and windows of the palace are made of wooden structure, the corners of the house are raised, and the copper tiles are gold.

From the White House to the Red Palace, you can take pictures. After entering the Red Palace, you can’t take pictures. There are time limits. You must complete the tour within an hour. There are quite a few stairs to climb and you need some physical strength. In addition, there are toilets with the highest altitude in the world. You can experience it.

It is said that because there are too many tourists coming to the Potala Palace every year, the foundation of the Potala Palace is in danger of sinking. Maybe the Red Palace will not be open to the public in a few years, so if you want to have a look at these treasures, just take time, you will have an enjoyable tour in Tibet.