Welcome to Marvelous Treasure--Jokhang Temple
The Jokhang Temple is the well-known tourist attraction because of the impressive buildings, splendid statues, delicate frescos, musical instruments and fine collection of Buddhist scriptures. Of its abundant religious relics perhaps the most notable are the 'Three Marvelous Treasures', a title given to the Silver Buddha, the carved dragons on the huge golden pillars on either side of the statue and the murals commemorating the Emperor's visit.
 
The Jokhang Temple is located in the old town of Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. It is called Yikezhao Temple in Mongolian and means large temple. The original name was the Hongci Temple in Han Dynasty. It is the oldest building and the largest temple in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Locally, people usually refer to it as the Silver Buddha Temple (Yinfo Si) for it is here that there is a rare silver statue of Sakyamuni that measures 2.5-meter-high (8.2-foot-high).
 
History and Culture
In Longqing Year of Ming Dynasty from 1572 to 1576, the owner of Tumote Mongolia Aletanhan was sealed as the Shunyi Emperor. Owing to winning the special honor, he decided to enlarge the old city of Hohhot and this Buddhist temple to congratulate as a souvenir.
 
In the 8th Wanli Year of Ming Dynasty in 1580, the temple was completed to enlarge and called the Hongci Temple. In the temple the statue of Sakyamuni was made of silver entirely, so the Hongci Temple is also called the Silver Buddha Temple. In Kangxi Year of Qing Dynasty about in 1700, the temple was rebuilt again. The roof of the main hall was changed to pave yellow glazed tiles. After rebuilt, the Hongci Temple became very beautiful and full of Tibetan Buddhist color. The local Mongolians like to call it the Jokhang Temple.
 
Jokhang Temple owns its fame to a visit by the third Tibetan Dalai Lama in 1586, when he came to dedicate the Silver Buddha statue. As a consequence Hohhot became a religious center for people from all over Mongolia who came to worship at the temple. Another notable event in the temple's long history was a visit by Emperor Kangxi during the early part of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
  
Core of the Temple
The Hall of Sakyamuni is the most important in the temple. The three-storeyed hall enshrines a statue of Sakyamuni, which Tang Dynasty Princess Wencheng brought to Lhasa. The dooryard of the Hall of Sakyamuni is not big in area. In the east of the dooryard there is a mandala surrounded by 24 giant columns, which served as a meeting place in front of the Hall for Worshiping Buddha. There are 2-storeyed corridors in east, south and north outside. On the west side of the Hall of Sakyamuni there is a courtyard walled by a 2-storeyed building with a corridor as its outskirt.
 
Architectural Style
The whole temple adopted the Han nationality architectural style of the Tang Dynasty in several aspects such as roof beams, sunk panels, and wooden square blocks inserted between the top of a column and a crossbeam, etc, while the eaves of interior corridor are decorated with rows of divine animals and wooden sphinx carvings, etc, assuming the flavor of architectures in the Western Regions.
 
Testimony of Unity
In front of the Dazhao Temple gate, there are a stele engraved with historical record of the Alliance between the Tang Dynasty and the Tubo Kingdom in the year of 823, and the Princess Willow Tree. Legend has it that when Tang Dynasty Princess Wencheng was married in Tubo, she planted this willow tree. All this has become historic testimony for the unity between Chinese Han and Tibet nationality, and the Tang Dynasty - Tubo Kingdom Alliance Stele is the important historic substantial material for the research into the Han-Tibet exchange in the Tang Dynasty.
 
Admission fee: 30 RMB/person

Opening hours: 8:00-18:00
 
Transportation
1. Take flight to Lhasa Airport or train to Lhasa Railway Station first.
2. Take travel bus to Jokhang Temple.
 
 
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