Barkhor is a quadrangle of streets which encircles the Jokhang temple and also forms the pilgrimage circuit of Lhasa. The area around Barkhor is a wonderful mix of the old and the new, the spiritual and the material, of the deeply religious and as well as market economics. This is the old street in Lhasa and has witnessed the fall and rise of Lhasa, its spiritual strength and the most varied of visitors. Most Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street every day and night. A narrow lane northwards leads to a market, which has been there since ages. There is a three-story temple here, which was set up in the Tubo period, and its architecture retains the Tubo style even after many renovations. Barkhor, the road of a busy traveler and businessmen is also a sacred pilgrim path and a marketplace where ragged nomads, merchants, monks and pilgrims come together. Shops selling printed scriptures, cloth prayer flags and other religious vessels, jewelry, Tibetan knives, ancient coins are in abundance at Barkhor. To the west of the north street of Barkhor, there is a juniper fireplace, a ceremonial place where annual rituals to hail Maitreya (Buddha of the Future) are performed.
Barkhor is an area of narrow streets and a public square located around Jokhang Temple in the old part of Lhasa. Barkhor Square is a large clearing in front of the temple, with little stalls, shops and restaurants, dominated by large prayer flags. Close to the temple, there is a constant stream of Tibetans following the Barkor circumambulation route in clockwise direction, around the Jorkhang temple.There are also several small, fascinating temples to pop into en-route. This sacred pilgrim path, is also a marketplace where shaggy nomads, traders, robed monks and chanting pilgrims join together.