Tibet is a mysterious and sacred place. There are many attractions in Tibet. Barkhor Street is one of the must-see attractions of traveling to Tibet. Many tourists who visit Tibet usually go to Barkhor Street to feel the local customs of Tibet.
Barkhor Street is the most prosperous commercial street in Lhasa built around Jokhang Temple. The street is centered on Jokhang Temple, connected with the Tibetan hospital building in the west, Yanhe East Road in the south, Xingfu East Road in the north, and Linkuo East Road in the east. No one who goes to Lhasa does not know Barkhor Street.
Barkhor Street is a polygonal street ring composed of Barkhor East Street, Barkhor West Street, Barkhor South Street, and Barkhor North Street, with a perimeter of about more than 1000 meters. There are many branch roads in the street, with 35 lanes.
Barkhor Street is for the construction of Jokhang Temple, and with the development and construction of Jokhang Temple, it has a history of more than 1300 years.
In the 7th century, the king of Tibet, Songtsan Gampo, ordered the construction of Jokhang Temple on Wotang Lake and four palaces around the lake. Four palaces are the earliest buildings on Barkhor Street. After the completion of Jokhang Temple, many pilgrims came to worship and gradually stepped out of a footpath around Jokhang Temple for the first Barkhor Street.
After the 15th century, Jokhang Temple became the center of the spread of Buddhism. Monk dormitories, religious schools, and small temple buildings appeared around Jokhang Temple one after another. Many Buddhists moved to live around Jokhang Temple. A large number of houses, shops, hotels, workshops, and other facilities gradually appeared on the street.
With the deepening of the religious status of Jokhang Temple, Tibetan Buddhism believes that turn clockwise circling around Jokhang Temple, indicating the worship to the Buddha statue of Sakyamuni enshrined in Jokhang Temple. So, Barkhor Street has become one of the three major turning roads in Lhasa.
Barkhor street retains the original Lhasa style. The street is paved with hand-sanded stone, alongside the old Tibetan houses. There was a huge censer in the middle of the street, and fireworks filled the air day and night. The streets are lined with shops, with more than 120 handicraft shops and more than 200 stalls. More than 1,300 business people operate more than 8,000 kinds of commodities, including religious supplies, daily necessities, and some Tibetan characteristics goods. In addition, there are goods from India, Nepal, Myanmar, Kashmir, and other places. At the same time, believers in the morning and evening turning around the Jokhang Temple in a clockwise direction has become an important folk cultural landscape.
Among the tourist hotels in Lhasa, Sichuan Cuisine is the main dish, and there are also western dishes suitable for foreign tourists. But the bulk of the food is Tibetan food. Lhasa has a rich variety of food. You can eat various kinds of food in Lhasa, including Tibetan food, Cantonese food, Northern food, Hunan food, etc. In the ethnic restaurants in Lhasa, there are many very good flavors, you can be tasted over and over again.