As a symbol of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a must-see place for the tourists, located in the old area of Lhasa City. It is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the Tibetan people are always proud of it.
It was said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617 - 650) built the Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. That is the origin of Barkhor Street. Today even still many pilgrims hold the prayer wheels to walk clockwise there from dawn to dark. Some pilgrims walking or progressing body-lengths by body-lengths along the street. Some of them are teenagers or have experienced thousands of miles' walk to reach this sacred place. The way they express their piety could make you understand the holiness of religion.
Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa for tourists. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though Barkhor Street is not broad, it accommodates thousands of tourists every day. Varied shops stand on both sides of the street 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.
Barkhor Street is a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. You will be attracted by it, and get a lot of surprise there.
Barkhor Street Travel Tips:
A. You'd better walk in a clockwise direction along the street.And not stay too late in the street. Because there are many lanes there, it's easy to lose your way in the evening.
B. Different vendors may sell the same thing at different price. So you'd better ask several vendors and get more information of the articles. Of course, you konw how to bargain with them.
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