the Jokhang Monastery,it is well worth
strolling around the old streets and
alleyways nearby, to get a taste of
the old Tibetan atmosphere about town.
This area bursts with atmosphere and
contradictions. On the one hand, this
is one of THE holiest areas of Tibet,
awash with pilgrims, monks, nuns and
temples. On the other, the streets
around here are the hub of Lhasa's
commercial zone. Street traders, hawkers
and market sellers fill the pavements
around the Barkhor area. Today, this
is not simply part of a pilgrimage
circuit but also the heart and soul
of the city.
Numerous weird and wonderful
things can be bought including souvenirs,
ornaments, Tibetan knives, Tibetan
robes and hats, tapestries, religious
musical instruments, gold and silver
ware and prayer wheels....the list
of magical souvenirs is endless.