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Huge Fire At Tibet's Revered Jokhang Temple Sparks Fears For Its Future
Posted on: 18-02-2018 , 01:16:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: South China Morning Post

February 18, 2018: A major fire broke out one of Tibet's most sacred sacred

Buddhist temple Jokhang Monastery, which is included on UNESCO's World
Heritage list in Lhasa with a history of more than 13,00 years.

The Jokhang temple, also known as the Qoikang Monastery, is regarded by the
Tibetans as the most holiest and important temple in Tibet. The fire raised fears over
its future as investigators tried to determine the cause of the blaze

Firefighters doused the fire and the relics are intact. The extent of the fire damage to
the site, considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism, is not yet known. The
oldest part of the temple was built more than 1,300 years ago and the whole structure
was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace, the
official home of successive Dalai Lamas. The temple's architectural style is a mixture
of Indian vihara design, Tibetan and Nepalese design.

The Jokhang Temple houses many cultural treasures, including a life-sized statue of
Buddha when he was 12 years old. The temple attracts thousands of pilgrims and
tourists from home and abroad.

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