Lhasa Ethnic Culture

Lhasa is famous for its Buddhist historical attractions, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang TempleDrepung TempleSera Monastery, etc. Tibetan has a long history and rich culture in this area. Lhasa, which means “holy land” or “Buddha land” in Tibetan, has been the cultural, economic, political and religious center of Tibet since the ancient times. Tibet used to be a theocratic state, and the Potala Palace was a symbol of theocracy many centuries ago.

Ethnic Groups

Lhasa covers an area of nearly 30000 square kilometers and a downtown area of 544 square kilometers, with a population of about 902,500 in 2016. Lhasa has Tibetan, Han, Hui and many other ethnic groups, of which Tibetan is the main ethnic group, accounting for about 87% of the total population.

Traditional Ethnic Village

Junba Village(俊巴村) in Quxu County, Lhasa


Temples are the main manifestation of Tibetan Buddhist culture, there are many monasteries in Lhasa, here below are part of them. 

Drepung Monastery, Lhasa
Sera Monastery, Lhasa
Nechung Monastery, Lhasa
Muru Nyingba Monastery, Lhasa
Grashi Monastery, Lhasa
Pabonka Monastery, Lhasa
Ramoche Monastery, Lhasa
Tsurphu Monastery, Lhasa
Shugsheb Nunnery, Lhasa
Samazha Monastery(萨玛扎寺) in Quxu County, Lhasa
Jiang Qulin Monastery in Quxu County, Lhasa
Xiongse Monastery in Quxu County, Lhasa
Nietang Temple in Quxu County, Lhasa
Jiedui Monastery in Lhunzhub County, Lhasa
Sailin Guocang Monastery in Lhunzhub County, Lhasa
Reting Monastery in Lhunzhub County, Lhasa
Sangpu Monastery in Doilungdeqen District, Lhasa
Nenang Monastery in Doilungdeqen District, Lhasa
Mizhutong Menlin Monastery in Nyemo County, Lhasa
Jiga Qude Monastery in Nyemo County, Lhasa
Sanga Monstery in Dagze County, Lhasa
Ganden Monastery in Dagze County, Lhasa
Drak Yerpa Monastery in Dagze County, Lhasa
Drigung Thil Monastery in Maizhokunggar County, Lhasa
Yangpachen Monastery in Damxung County, Lhasa

Ethnic Festivals

Various Tibetan festivals are celebrated in different ways in Lhasa. It is suggested to visit Lhasa during the festivals and enjoy the lively scenes with the local Tibetan people if time is sufficient. Except for popular Shoton Festival and Tibetan New Year Festival, other festivals like Butter Lanter Festvial, Saga Dawa Festival, Ganden Thangka Unveiling Festival are fun and attractive as well.

5 Days Tibet New Year Festival Tour

5 Days Ganden Ngachen Chenmo Festival Tour

6 Days Shoton Festival Experience Tour

7 Days Gyantse Damar Festival Tour