Temples

During your Tibet trip, temples and monasteries are must to visit. Visit temples in Tibet is one of the  most sacred pilgrimage tours for Tibetans. In the olden days, it was different to visit temple in Tibet than than visiting monasteries because in the olden days, temples in tibet were basically a house to a specific Buddha's statues. Example Jokang temple in Lhasa. In the olden days, Jokang temple was not a monastic college and there were not many monks. The temples were  just dedicated to the statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, brought from China of Tang Dynasty and there were very few monks who were taking care of the statue and the temples so in the olden days, when there was a temple, it was clear that there was no monastic life. When there was a monastery, there was a monastic life and it was similar to a Buddhist college in the present day. Nowadays, it has become different than before and there are more monks in some of the temples including Jokang temple and they also have monastic life including studying Buddhist philosophy. To visit temples in Tibet, you don’t need to take your shoes off like in other Asian Buddhist countries including Thailand but you must take off your hat and It is very important to be very quiet when you visit the temples and monasteries in Tibet. The Tibetans visit temples or monasteries by taking lots of Yak butter to make butter lamp offering to the Buddha and Bodhisattva inside the temples and monasteries. In 7<sup>th</sup> century, the 33<sup>rd</sup> Tibetang king Songtsan Gampo built 108 small temples both in Tibet and Bhutan. Traduk temple in Tsetang and Buchu Lhakang in Nyingtri are two of 108 temples in Tibet and Kyichu Lhakang in Bhutan is also one of the 108 temples built by King Songtsan Gampo. The temples of Tibet are the embodiment of culture and the center of life on the roof of the world. From the incredible artwork to the unique blend of sophisticated spiritualism and ancient superstition, the temples of Tibet are endlessly captivating and it is always interesting to visit temples in Tibet during your Tibet tour.
  • TRADUK TEMPLE

    is the first temple of Tibet and according to the legend, it is one of the geomantic temples founded by King Songtsen Gampo in order to press down branches of the Supine Ogress body on which Tibet is believed to be situated. The assembly of Traduk is surrounded by numerous small chapels like Jokang and the most revered object in Traduk temple is the ancient appliqué Thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Avaloketsvara Thangka made of pearls.
  • RAMOCHE TEMPLE

    was founded in the 7 th century by King Songtsen Gampo’s Chinese consort, princess Wencheng to house the image of Jowo Shakyamuni that is in Jokang temple in the present day. Originally Ramoche temple was built in Chinese style but after being destroyed by fire, the present three storeyed building was constructed in Tibetan style. In 15 th century, Ramoche was placed under the authority of Kunga Dondrup who is a second generation student of Tsongkapa. Since then Ramoche has become the assembly hall of the Gyuto Tratsang, the Upper Tantric College of Lhasa and it had around 500 monks before. The most revered image inside Ramoche temple is Jowo Mikyo Dorje ( Akshobhaya ), brought to Tibet in the 7 th century as part of the dowry of King Songtsen Gampo’s Nepali consort, Princess Bhirikuti Devi. The image represents the Buddha Shakyamuni at the age of eight years. There are around 100 monks nowadays.
  • JOKANG TEMPLE

    the Jokang is Tibet’s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of Budhha Shakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays.
  • TRADUK TEMPLE

    is the first temple of Tibet and according to the legend, it is one of the geomantic temples founded by King Songtsen Gampo in order to press down branches of the Supine Ogress body on which Tibet is believed to be situated. The assembly of Traduk is surrounded by numerous small chapels like Jokang and the most revered object in Traduk temple is the ancient appliqu� Thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Avaloketsvara Thangka made of pearls.
  • RAMOCHE TEMPLE

    was founded in the 7 th century by King Songtsen Gampo�s Chinese consort, princess Wencheng to house the image of Jowo Shakyamuni that is in Jokang temple in the present day. Originally Ramoche temple was built in Chinese style but after being destroyed by fire, the present three storeyed building was constructed in Tibetan style. In 15 th century, Ramoche was placed under the authority of Kunga Dondrup who is a second generation student of Tsongkapa. Since then Ramoche has become the assembly hall of the Gyuto Tratsang, the Upper Tantric College of Lhasa and it had around 500 monks before. The most revered image inside Ramoche temple is Jowo Mikyo Dorje ( Akshobhaya ), brought to Tibet in the 7 th century as part of the dowry of King Songtsen Gampo�s Nepali consort, Princess Bhirikuti Devi. The image represents the Buddha Shakyamuni at the age of eight years. There are around 100 monks nowadays.
  • JOKANG TEMPLE

    the Jokang is Tibet�s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo�s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of Budhha Shakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays.
  • Ramoche Temple

    was founded in the 7 th century by King Songtsen Gampo’s Chinese consort, princess Wencheng to house the image of Jowo Shakyamuni that is in Jokang temple in the present day. Originally Ramoche temple was built in Chinese style but after being destroyed by fire, the present three storeyed building was constructed in Tibetan style. In 15 th century, Ramoche was placed under the authority of Kunga Dondrup who is a second generation student of Tsongkapa. Since then Ramoche has become the assembly hall of the Gyuto Tratsang, the Upper Tantric College of Lhasa and it had around 500 monks before. The most revered image inside Ramoche temple is Jowo Mikyo Dorje ( Akshobhaya ), brought to Tibet in the 7 th century as part of the dowry of King Songtsen Gampo’s Nepali consort, Princess Bhirikuti Devi. The image represents the Buddha Shakyamuni at the age of eight years. There are around 100 monks nowadays.
  • Jokang Temple

    the Jokang is Tibet’s most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa, it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of Budhha Shakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays.