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  • History of the Jokhang - Lhasa
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  • History of the Jokhang - Lhasa
  • History of the Jokhang - Lhasa
  • View of the Potala Palace from the roof of the Jok - Lhasa
      View of the Potala Palace from the roof of the Jok
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The temple was constructed by King Songtsen Gampo in 648 in order to house a Buddha Image called Akshobhya that his Nepalese wife brought with her to Tibet. Legend has it that the king?s other wife, Chinese princess Wencheng chose the position of the Jokhang as Lake Wothang in order to make the construction of this temple as difficult as possible. The lake was mysteriously filled overnight by a sacred goat, a statue of which you can see inside the Jokhang. Later, Princess Wecheng also brought a Buddha statue to the Jokhang, the Jowo Sakyamuni. The temple was much expanded during the 17th century, to its present scale. During the early days of the Cultural Revolution, much of the interior of the temple was destroyed. For a time the temple was said to be used as a pigsty.

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  • Written Oct 29, 2005
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