Clouds of incense smoke fills the Barkhor Street, Tibet 2017
For over 1300 years of history, Barkhor Street was built along with the Jokhang Temple. It was said during the 7th century, when Songtsen Gampo, the first Tibetan King ordered to build the Jokhang Temple in the Wotang Lake.
Barkhor Pilgrim Circuit is a typical pilgrimage in Tibet. As one of three important circumambulation roads, Barkhor streets circuit is quite grand, especially in the early morning and at nightfall. Long streams of pious Tibetan pilgrims walk clockwise in Barkhor chanting prayers with their meditation beads, spinning their prayer wheels or performing full prostrations to the hand-polished stone boards to circle the street to worship the Jowo Rinpoche enshrined in Jokhang Temple. Those pilgrims travel far from all over the Tibet ( U-Tsang, Amdo and Kham), even some other provinces or countries to complete this sacred circuit from morning to night. Here you can view the devoted pilgrims with firmly beliefs and piety toward the religion.