Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple fire

  • According to the Chinese authorities, the fire at  Jokhang Temple in Lhasa was not  caused by “human factors”. However some international experts believe that China is hiding something about the fire and the damage caused to it. 
  • The fire at the temple in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), have caused damage to the site considered one of the most sacred shrines for Tibetans.
  • The fire erupted on On February 17,  the second day of the Tibetan New Year ‘Losar’.     
  • Jokhang Temple is a 1,300-year-old shrine which has been declared, a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • It is one of the holiest and most politically sensitive sites in Tibet.
  • The temple houses cultural treasures sacred to Tibetans.
  • It  Situated at the heart of the old town of Lhasa and surrounded by Barkhor Street.
  • It was built in the 7th century by Songtsan Gambo.

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