Lhasa, the holy place for Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Sunshine City, is located in the middle of the Tibetan Plateau and is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region at an altitude of 3650 m.
In the 7th century AD, after Songzanganbu moved the political center to Lhasa, he built the palaces, river channels, and monasteries to lay the prototype of Lhasa city. Successors after Songzanganbu expanded Lhasa and made it perfect. Therefore, once you get to know about Lhasa, you will also know about Tibet.
Located in the center of the old city of Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery built by Songzanganbu. It enshrines the 12-year-old statue of Sakyamuni brought by Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty and the reason why Lhasa is called “Holy Land” is related to this Buddha statue. As the most splendid Tibetan architecture in Tibet, Jokhang Temple integrates the architectural styles of Tibet, Tang, Nepal, and India. It is also the earliest civil architecture in Tibet and has become a classical model of Tibetan religious architecture.
Sera Monastery, with a history of more than 600 years, is one of the six main temples of the Gelugpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sera Temple has preserved many murals and tens of thousands of Vajra Buddha statues, most of which are locally produced, and a few are from the mainland of India.
The debate activities here are very distinctive and become the most attractive highlight.