Lhasa monastery fire

This item appears on page 4 of the April 2018 issue.

In Lhasa, Tibet, China, a fire damaged part of the Jokhang Monastery, one of the holiest places in Tibetan Buddhism, on Feb. 18. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are not clear, but Chinese authorities reported that cultural artifacts were not damaged. Parts of the monastery reopened to the public the next day.

The more-than-1,000-year-old monastery, 2½ miles east of the Potala Palace, is a pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists.