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Barkhor Street

Barkhor Street, Lhasa

Located in the center of old Lhasa, Barkhor Street is the oldest street in Lhasa, as well as the most representative. Being a circular street, Barkhor is the road that pilgrims either walk or crawl around the Jokhang Temple since it was first constructed in the seventh century. With more than 6,000 people living here, Barkhor Street is about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) long. Traditional Tibetan houses and narrow lanes in and around the street whisper the stories of old Lhasa.

Barkhor Street is also a marketplace in which visitors can buy many beautiful souvenirs. Religious objects such as prayer flags, prayer wheels, thangkas (a kind of mounted scroll paintings ), sutras, prayer beads, etc. as well as jewelry, Tibetan knives, food, costume, and so on are easily found in this ancient street. Restaurants including Huiren Bar, Barkhor Cafe, Makye Ame Restaurant serve high quality local and western foods which will satisfy every visitor.

Combining ancient and modern, religious and everyday life in perfect harmony, Barkhor Street is indeed a must-see for all visitors!

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