Any tourist or pilgrim stall: "Prayer Wheels" Tibet Shopping Tip by Maria81
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What to buy: Prayer wheels - of varying sizes - are another popular item available at souvenir and pilgrim stalls. They may contain up to a million of prayer lines, which are considered to have been said every time the wheel is rotated - it's one of the most popular ways of accumulating merit in Tibetan Buddhism.
Most common among those on sale are handheld ones, such as those rotated by pilgrims. While most of them are not particularly artistic, they - even if you're not a Buddhist - make a great rustic souvenir with their combination of wood, metal, and often turquoise and coral. Sizes vary from maybe 10cm to over half a meter.
A stroll around Barkhor will provide a fair estimate of the types and sizes on offer.
What to pay: From 50RMB upwards
Theme: Local Craft
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