Day-4: When in Lhasa [Jokhang, Barkhor, Potala] 🏯

Day-4: When in Lhasa [Jokhang, Barkhor, Potala] 🏯

Saturday, 15th September 2018,

Today I wouldn’t talk so much, let the wiki and pictures tell you the story. ( ̄ω ̄)

In a short brief, the weather today was super hot, the bus took us from Jokhang Temple – Barkhor Square – Potala Palace.

Jokhang Monastery and Zuglagkang (Tibetan: གཙུག་ལག་ཁང༌།, Wylie: gtsug-lag-khang, ZYPY: Zuglagkang or Tsuklakang), is a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Tibetans, in general, consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.

The Jokhang was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo. According to tradition, the temple was built for the king’s two brides: Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet, which were housed here, as part of their dowries. [source: wikipedia]

                             i like how this girl was squatting and texting without a care in the world!

The Jokhang temple, considered the “spiritual heart of the city” and the most sacred in Tibet, is at the center of an ancient network of Buddhist temples in Lhasa. It is the focal point of commercial activity in the city, with a maze of streets radiating from it. The Jokhang is 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) east of the Potala Palace. Barkhor, the market square in central Lhasa, has a walkway for pilgrims to walk around the temple (which takes about 20 minutes). Barkhor Square is marked by four stone sankang (incense burners), two of which are in front of the temple and two in the rear. [source: wikipedia]

Here are some pictures I took around the square. ( ̄▽ ̄)

 

For visitors, Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner. Most of them offer the prayer wheels, long-sleeve ‘chuba’ (the Tibetan people’s traditional clothes), Tibetan knives and some religious articles for sale. Furthermore, some shops sell ‘Thangka‘ (the Tibetan scroll painting), which is a unique art of Tibet with the themes of religion, history, literature, science and customs. Surprisingly, there are some articles from India and Nepal in this street as well.

And just around the corner, the bus took us to the famous Potala Palace! thousands of staircases, ready or not, here we come!!! ヽ(°〇°)ノ

                ML was one of my friend who experienced the worst AMS!
                                         me pointing out the famous palace!
                           catching our breathe here for a while…

                              breathtaking view i took from up above the potala!

This eye-candy Potala palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world, with its highest point reaching 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) above sea level, towering 100 meters (300 feet) above the city of Lhasa, with over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues.  It was built as the center of Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645.

The Potala Palace (Tibetan: ཕོ་བྲང་པོ་ཏ་ལ་, Wylie: pho brang Potala) in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site.

Cold, tired and dizziness were very common during our climbing up to the highest palace in the world. We were all panting and gasping for air. We were all took our time to finish the staircase, took the break here and there, trying not to push ourselves as the air was very thin up here and no one likes altitude sickness. But 10 of us managed to finish those staircases! (hurrah!!) °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

                                                    where’s L-Tin & Steph?

That’s it folks.

I’m ready for longer journey tomorrow and more breathtaking views! \(★ω★)/

つづく。。。

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