Jokhang Temple, Lhasa
The Jokhang Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the spiritual heart of Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhism. The most sacred of all temples, it houses the Jowo Shakyamuni statue believed to have been created based on an image of the historical Shakyamuni Buddha. Built by Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal in the early seventh century, the temple is built on an important geomantic site and has undergone continuous renovations through the centuries. The temple draws adherents from all the schools as well as followers of Bon, the religion that predates Buddhism in the region.