The Ramoche Temple is a Buddhist monastery that is considered one of the most important temples in Lhasa. It is located in the northwestern region of Lhasa, a city of over a million people and Tibet’s capital. Ramoche is a sort of sister temple to the great Jokhang temple. It was founded all the way back in the 7th century, and unlike other temples of its time, was originally built in a very traditional Chinese style. Visitors can clearly see that strong Tang influences are noticeable in the architecture. Many varying legends surround the temple. Many of the stories involve the Tang Princess Wen Cheng, who was one of the first to live in the palace.
The temple was nearly destroyed on a number of occasions. It saw harsh times during the Mongol invasion and was gutted as late as the 1960s. Recent efforts have been made to restore the Ramoche Temple back to its original beauty. Entering the building brings you up close with ten large pillars that contain a few of the remaining Tibetan relics. Because of this, it has become one of the key protection sites of Tibet. And you can’t miss the Jowo Mikyö Dorje of the Ramoche Temple. The colorful artifact is one of the best known features of the temple. It’s a beautiful ornate statue depicting Buddha at just eight years old. It was badly damaged at one point, disappeared completely at another, but is now back safe and sound at his home in Ramoche Temple.
Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Getting There: Northwest corner of Lhasa. About 1km from Jokhang. Within walking distance from the city.