Barkhor Bazaar is the oldest and the most representative street in Lhasa. It is a place full of religious atmosphere and exotic articles. Traditional Tibetan houses and narrow lanes in and around the street whisper the stories of old Lhasa.
Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Combining ancient and modern, religious and everyday life in perfect harmony, Barkhor Street is indeed a must-see place for all visitors.
For tourists, Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. The street was paved by hand-polished stone boards.
Today many pilgrims hold the prayer wheels to walk clockwise there from dawn to dark. Also you can see some pilgrims walking or progressing body-lengths by body-lengths along the street. Even some of them are teenagers, and even walk thousands of miles to get this sacred place. The way they express their piety could make you understand the holiness of religion.
Barkhor Street is also a marketplace where visitors can buy many beautiful souvenirs. Varied shops stand on both sides of the street and thousands of floating stands are on every corner. Most of them sell the prayer wheels, long-sleeve 'chuba' (the Tibetan people's traditional clothes), Tibetan knives and some religious articles for sale.