Ramoche Monastery is one of the key cultural relic protection sites in Lhasa, located on the north of Barkhor Street, in the area with a local market and many traditional style Tibetan style civilian houses.
Ramoche is considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang which was completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wen Cheng came to Lhasa. Unlike, the Jokhang, Ramoche was originally built in Chinese style.
Ramoche Monastery is famous for the life-sized statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni. The Wencheng Princess brought it from the capital Chang'an during the Tang Dynasty. As one of the precious cultural relics of Tibet, the statue is now placed in Jokhang Temple (Da Zhao Si), 500 meters (0.31mile) south of Ramoche Monastery.
Residing within the Ramoche Monastery is the life-sized statue of the 8-year-old Sakyamuni. Carried into Tibet by the Nepalese Chizun Princess, this figure is regarded as the greatest saint in Ramoche Monastery.
In addition to the splendor and history of the monastery's interior, the outside is equally impressive. The golden peak of the temple with the Han-style upturned eave is a famous landmark and can be seen from much of Lhasa city. The temple's combination of Han and Tibetan architectural styles makes it a particular interesting study and a popular attraction.
The streets and local market near the Ramoche Monastery are interesting to visit, known as one of the few areas in Lhsa has not been poluted by tourism and modernization.