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Historic Barkhor Street in Lhasa sees renewal

  • Source : VTIBET.com Author : Tenzin Woebom Time : 09/29/2017 Editor : Tenzin Woebom

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    Among the millions of streets in China, there is a special one in Lhasa. It may not look that spectacular or grand, but for many people it's sacred. It's Barkhor Street.[Photo taken by Tenzin Woebom/VTIBET.com]


    Barkhor, a thousand-year-old street surrounding the Jokhang Temple, is one of the more popular walkways in the old district of Tibet's regional capital, Lhasa. It's said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617-650) built the Jokhang Temple. Due to its sacred and magnificence, Jokhang Temple quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared, that is the origin of Barkhor Street. 


    The city planners have strived to protect the historical and cultural relics, maintain the existing features of Barkhor, protect the historical value of Barkhor, make full use of the existing religious and humanistic resources as well as develop the profound Tibetan culture. 


    "Speaking of the exact way for protecting the ancient street, we have renovated the main street through the old district, and removed the modern trappings, including ceramic tile, roll-up doors, security windows or anything which doesn't conform to traditional Tibetan culture," said Rigphel Tsengke, a staff of Barkhor Management Committee.



    Located in the old district of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a famous and ancient street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. With a history of over 1,300 years, the street was built and developed in concert with Jokhang Temple. [Photo/Phuntsok Gyatso]

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