Ramoche Temple is located about 500 meters north of Barkhor street in the chengguan district of Lhasa, it is the sister temple of the Jokhang temple, constructed around the same time but in Chinese style. If you walk to Ramoche Temple from the Jokhang temple, it takes about 15 minutes. It is said that the two temples were set up to house the life-sized statues of Jowo Sakyamuni.
Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal and Princess Wencheng of the Tang dynasty came to Lhasa one after another with the historical mission of peace-making marriage with Songtsen Gampo. From Kathmandu, Princess Bhrikuti brought an 8-year-old life-sized statue of Jowo Sakyamuni as part of her dowries in the 7th century; and from Chang'an, Princess Wencheng brought a 12-year-old life-sized statue of Jowo Sakyamuni later. More than 1,200 years after Sakyamuni Buddha's nirvana, the two buddha statues have miraculously met again in Lhasa. In order to place and enshrine the two statues, Songtsen Gampo and the two princesses built Jokhang Temple and Ramoche Temple together.
Walking into the solemn hall, the lamas sit on long benches, mutter in measured tones, and recite the incomprehensible Buddhist language. The chanting sounds rise one after another. You can hardly imagine the scene and experience the feeling of awe if you are not there. There is a little Hall on the left, you can donate merits, 5 yuan can choose a small bracelet or hanging ornaments as a souvenir, which is a very good gift and the master will also pray for blessings! The murals in the temple are obviously with the combination of Han and Tibetan style, it is very exquisite. In the courtyard, you can see thousands of butter lamps for the worshipers, dim yellow room, full of lights shining, very shocking! In the attic of the back hall of Ramoche Temple, you can far view the golden roof of Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace.
Although the size and reputation of Ramoche Temple are not as well as the Jokhang temple, there is also a large number of worshippers. Compared with the Jokhang Temple, the 8-year-old life-size statue of Shakyamuni Buddha can be seen at very close range at the Ramoche Temple, while the 12-year-old life-size statue of Shakyamuni Buddha can only be seen from a distance at the Jokhang temple. The 8-year-old life-size statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, sitting in the silver throne surrounded by two dragons. It is kind and holy.
Recommended Tours Including Ramoche Temple
Visiting Sera Monastery is the highlight of this 5-day private tour. Before watching the brilliant sutra – debate, you can visit the Sera Utsé Hermitage which is located on the top of the back hill of the monastery, where you can have a bird's-eye view of the entire Lhasa city.