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Ramoche Temple

Ramoche Temple

Northwest of Lhasa and covering an area of 4,000 square meters, Ramoche Temple (Chinese pinyin: Xiao zhao si) is a Buddhist monastery that has the same reputation as the Jokhang Temple. It is located east of the Potala Palace and north of the Jokhang Temple. Ramoche Temple is also one of the key cultural places under the protection of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

The construction of Ramoche Temple began in 641 and is considered the sister temple of the Jokhang Temple which was completed at about the same time. Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty who was married to King Songsten Gampo of the Tibet Kingdom was in charge of the construction of this Temple. She ordered that the temple face the east to show her nostalgia. The temple is a wonderful example of the combination of Han and Tibetan architectural styles.

Ramoche Temple went through various restorations due to war. The largest building in the temple has three stories. There is a scripture hall and a Buddha palace with winding corridors on the first floor, the second story is the residence of the monks, and the third floor has a bedroom and chapel once reserved for Dalai Lama.

The 8-year-old Sakyamuni statue seated at the Ramoche Monastery is the main attraction. Before, the 12-year-old Shakyamuni Buddha statue brought by Princess Wen Cheng was placed at the Ramoche Monastery and the 8-year-old Buddhist statue brought by Princess Bhrikuti from Nepal was seated at Jokhang Temple. After the death of King Songsten Gampo, Princess Wen Cheng ordered the exchange of the two statues.

Although not as large as the Jokhang Temple, the Romache Temple has unique features and is worth visiting.