Lhasa Tours – Famous Monasteries in Lhasa
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Lhasa Tours – Famous Monasteries in Lhasa

Update: Sep. 13th, 2012

Lhasa Tours – Famous Monasteries in Lhasa

Tibetan Buddhism plays important role in the history of Tibet. There are several famous monasteries in Lhasa. During the Lhasa tours, tourists could explore the profound Tibetan Buddhism culture and experience the religious atmosphere in various monasteries.

Lhasa Tours – Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple is located at the center of Lhasa City. It has a history of 1350 years which could be dated back to Zhenguan Period of Chinese Tang Dynasty. There is a famous saying goes that you've never been to Lhasa if you didn't pay a visit to Jokhang Temple during your Lhasa tours. Jokhang Temple is the center of Lhasa both geographically and socially according to the local Tibetans. The street surrounded Jokhang Temple is called Barkhor Street – it is always crowded by devout pilgrims and tourists all year around.

Lhasa Tours – Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is highly respected by the followers of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Drepung means piles of snow-white rice in Tibetan. It is a typical Buddhism monastery and the constructions here mainly reflected the dignity of Buddhism. It should be noted that Drepung Monastery is quite noted for its magnificent Buddha Exhibition. Tourists planning the Lhasa tours during the Shoton Festival would have the chance to witness the solemn ceremony.

Lhasa Tours – Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery has been one of the must-go places in Lhasa City. Sera means wild rose in Tibetan. A lot of precious manuscripts of Buddhism sculptures and classics were stored in Sera Monastery. There are also precious murals, Thangka and musical instruments used in Buddhism activities. It is quite noted for its special and magnificent Buddhism scripture debating among tourists. While doing the Lhasa tours, tourists are highly advised to visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon as to enjoy the scripture debating. It also should be noted that the scripture debating would not be available on Sundays.

Besides, there are numerous monasteries distributed in or around Lhasa City. Tourists planning a Tibet tour could visit different monasteries in Lhasa to learn the history and culture of Tibet from the cultural and historical relics collected in the monasteries.

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