Originally built in the 18th century, the Lhasa Great Mosque is also well-known as Hebalin Mosque. It is recorded that the mosque was constructed by some Muslim traders who came from Arab countries to Tibet.
Located at Hebalin, Chengguan District of Lhasa, the Lhasa Great Mosque is one of the four mosques in Lhasa and one of the six mosques in Tibet Autonomous Region. When the mosque was first built, it only occupied an area of 200 meters. Then it was expanded in 1793 when Muslim soldiers were stationed in Lhasa. The mosque was reconstructed in 1959, and now it covers a total area of 2,600 square meters including the constructed area of 1,300 square meters.
The mosque is a three-entrance courtyard with several main buildings, such as the prayer hall, water house, bath house, Bunker building and so on. Covering an area of 285 square meters, the prayer hall is situated in the west and opposite to the east. The prayer hall has three main parts, including the inner hall, open hall and moon platform. With the combination of religious feature and local architectural characteristic, the entire wall of the mosque is exquisitely built in traditional Islamic style with blue as its basic color. When you get into the mosque, you will be greatly impressed by the grand beauty of such kind of architecture style.