World's Most-Visited Sacred Sites

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You don't need to have faith to be drawn to these temples, churches, and shrines, popular for their spiritual and cultural value.

No. 41 Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet

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Annual Visitors: 700,000

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Potala Palace, this holiest of Tibetan Buddhist temples draws pilgrims who prostrate themselves in front and spin golden prayer wheels inside. Built in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo, who unified Tibet, the four-story temple houses a myriad of chapels to gods and bodhisattvas, yak-butter votive candles, incense, and an ancient, jewel-covered, gilded statue of the Buddha called the Jowo Rinpoche. chinaodysseytours.com

Source: China Odyssey Tours, Lhasa

World's Most-Visited Sacred Sites

No. 41 Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet

Annual Visitors: 700,000

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Potala Palace, this holiest of Tibetan Buddhist temples draws pilgrims who prostrate themselves in front and spin golden prayer wheels inside. Built in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo, who unified Tibet, the four-story temple houses a myriad of chapels to gods and bodhisattvas, yak-butter votive candles, incense, and an ancient, jewel-covered, gilded statue of the Buddha called the Jowo Rinpoche. chinaodysseytours.com

Source: China Odyssey Tours, Lhasa

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