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17:17 Sep 11 2009

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16 cultural relics found in Lhasa's Jokhang Temple
17:16, September 11, 2009  

A total of 16 cultural relics were discovered during the renovation of the Jokhang Temple in downtown Lhasa, according to Tibet Business.

The relics were found in a 23-centimeter interlayer between two walls in the hall of Sakyamuni.

The newly-discovered relics include nine Buddha figure statues, five tsha-tsha pagodas and a Buddhist pagoda of the Kadampa Sect.

All the 16 pieces have been handed over to the Cultural Relics Administration of Jokhang Temple and will be further assessed by experts.

The Lhasa Bureau of Cultural Relics, the Management Committee of theJokhang Temple as well as the supervision institute of the project directed the dismantling upon finding the cultural relics.

The renovation of the Jokhang Temple, Tibet's first Buddhist Temple, started in July. The project proceeds smoothly and is expected to be finished next May.

Source: China Tibet Information Center

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