Meru Nyingba Monastery


This small but active monastery is a real delight and is invariably crowded with elderly Tibetans thumbing prayer beads or lazily swinging prayer wheels and chanting under their breath. The chapel itself is administered by Nechung Monastery, which accounts for the many images of the Nechung oracle inside. The building, like the adjoining Jokhang, dates to the 7th century, though most of what you see today is recently constructed.

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1. Zhambhala Lhakhang

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This small chapel on the western side of the Meru Nyingba Monastery has a central image of Marmedze (Dipamkara), the Past Buddha, and a small inner kora…

2. Gongkar Chöde Chapel

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3. Jampa Lhakhang

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On the northern Barkhor Circuit, 10m down a side alley, is the entrance to the Jampa Lhakhang, on the right. The ground floor has a huge two-storey statue…

4. Barkhor Mani Lhakhang

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5. Perdu Ambam Yamen

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6. Jokhang Temple

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The 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple is the spiritual heart of Tibet: the continuous waves of awestruck pilgrims prostrating themselves outside are a…

7. Gendun Choephel Memorial Hall

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On the southern side of the Barkhor Circuit, this dull museum focuses on a fascinating character. Choephel (1903–51) was a monk, poet, translator,…

8. Barkhor Square

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