The Jokhang Temple
The Jokhang Temple located at center of old city quarter of Lhasa possesses a supreme status among Tibetan Buddhist temples, was originally built in 647 AD. The site is said to have been chosen personally by the wife of King Songtsan Gampo, the Tang Princess Wencheng. Being one of the existing oldest pise-and-wood buildings in Tibet, Jokhang Temple coalesced architectural styles of Tibet, Tang, Nepal and India, and created a new model in arrangement in Tibet. Another feature of the temple is that it is a sacred temple that has been worshiped all the time by different religious sects rather than belongs to some denomination. As the most resplendent temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple has a floor area of 16,700 square meters, with twenty halls. Every year, Buddhist's Great Prayer Festival is held in the Temple. The rites of Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas' initiation into lamahood are also held in the monastery. Every year, it attracts numerous visitors. The best time for visiting Lhasa is from June to September, when Lhasa has the best climate, the highest oxygen concentration and the most beautiful natural scenery.
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