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Ramoche Monastery

Ramoche Monastery

  • Location: No. 41, Ramoche Temple Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa City
  • Altitude: 3,650 meters
  • Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
  • Admission Fee: CNY 30 (tips: Reference only; Please check the attraction’s actual price on the day of your visit.)
  • How to Get There: (1) You can take buses No. 4, No. 31, No. 3 and get off at Remuqi Station. (2) Taking a taxi or pedicab are both good choices.
  • Best Time to Visit: You can visit Ramoche Monastery all year round.

About Ramoche Monastery

The sister temple to the Jokhang Temple-- Ramoche Temple was constructed around the same time. It was originally built to house the Jowo Sakyamuni image brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng but sometime in the 8th century the image was swapped for an image of Akshobhya, brought to Tibet in the 7th century as part of the dowry of King Songtsen Gampo's Nepali wife, Princess Bhrikuti. By the mid-15th century, the temple had become Lhasa's Upper Tantric College.


As you enter the temple, past pilgrims doing full-body prostrations and the 1st of 2 inner koras, you’ll see a protector chapel to the left, featuring masks and puppets on the ancient pillars and an encased image of the divination deity Dorje Yudronma covered in beads on a horse. The main chapel is full of fearsome protector deities in YABYUM pose, as befitting a Tantric temple.


The fabulously ornate Akshobhya image can be seen in the inner Tsangkhang, protected by the 4 guardian kings and a curtain of chain mail, which pilgrims rub for good luck. The image represents Sakyamuni at the age of 8. The lower half of the statue was discovered in 1983 in a Lhasa rubbish tip and the head was discovered in Beijing’s Forbidden City and brought back to Lhasa by the 10th Panchen Lama.


As you exit the Ramoche Temple, look for a doorway just to the right by a collection of yak butter and incense stalls, leading to a delightful chapel, the Tsepak Lhakhang. The central image is Tsepame, flanked by Jampa and Sakyamuni. There are smaller statues of Dorje Chang and Marmedze, and a protector chapel next door. This hidden corner is very popular with pilgrims.

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As the sister temple of the Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Monastery boasts many unique religious statues, where you can gain a deeper understanding of Tibetan religion. When you arrive in Lhasa, you can spend some time visiting Ramoche Monastery. Check the top 4 highly recommended Tibet tours that include Ramoche Monastery.

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