Sitting at the center of the old city center of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a well-known circumambulation and commercial center with unique Tibetan tradition and culture. It’s also a must-visit destination for the tourists on Tibet tour. After the 15th century Jokhang Temple became the communication center of Buddhism of Tibet, more and more Buddhists moved to live in the vicinity of the temple, which boosted the emerging of some smaller temples, Buddhist schools, folk houses, stores, workshops and many other facilities. With more and more prominent religionary statues placed in Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street became a crucial circumambulation. During your Tibet tour, you’d come across a large number of pilgrims walking clockwise around the temple via this street to show their devoutness to Sakyamuni by turning sutra tube in hand. The pilgrims are also quite a sight to see in terms of Tibet tour. To this day, Barkhor Street still keeps the original flavor of Lhasa such as traditional style Tibetan houses and the incense burner at the center of the street. You can experience the authentic Tibetan flavors on a Tibet tour. More than 300 shops and booths line there, selling copper Buddha sculptures, sutra-turning tubes, butter lamps, sutra flags, prayer beads, aprons, leather bags, horse gears, barley wine, Thangka, blankets, and many products from India, Nepal, Burma, Kashmir, etc. During your Tibet tour, these products are all worth taking home.
With a history of over 1300 years, this sacred way of Buddhism has now evolved into a unique old style street quarter with four main sections connecting 35 branches, appealing to hundreds of thousands of tourists going on Tibet tour from all over the world. Circumanbulation are the routes which pilgrims of Tibetan Buddhism walk along clockwise with a sutra-turning tube to worship Sakyamuni. There are three best-known ones in Lhasa, the shortest around Jokhang Temple, the medium around Barkhor Street and the longest around almost the whole Lhasa City. During your Tibet tour, you can visit them all. On your Tibet tour, there is a bar not to be missed which is said to be the place where Tsangyang Gyatso and the girl met. Makye Ame Bar is not the original restaurant any more but a famous yellow-painted art bar with paintings, photos, handworks, and foreign works among travelers on Tibet tour.