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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

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Address: Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Description: Built in 1416, this is considered one of the largest monasteries in the...
Built in 1416, this is considered one of the largest monasteries in the world with more than 10,000 monks living inside its walls during the height of its activities.
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Largest monastery near Lhasa

Drepung is one of the major Gelugpa monasteries. It has retained four of its original colleges and has about 300 monks. The buildings are magnificent as are the paintings on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Drepung is one of the major Gelugpa monasteries. It has retained four of its original colleges and has about 300 monks. The buildings are magnificent as are the paintings on the hillside behind. Drepung was the place chosen by the early Dalai Lamas, until the 5th moved to the Potala. As such it has many important relics. It is much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This monastery used to hold well over 10,000 monks. There are only about 300 now a days. The reasons for this are many and there is no specific one reason. This is a gigantic complex of buildings and colleges built on a hill side. You can see the original kitchen which used to be used to feed all the monks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Lime the other Buddhist Monasteries this one is quite magnificent from the outside but it's the interior with a huge collection of Buddhist statues, many in gold, that is most interesting. As with the others be warned there are lots of steps and it is at altitude but well worth it.

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Miami, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

the largest of all Tibetan monasteries with a university, interesting rooms including their enormous kitchen, nice view from the patio, and now rather commercial - if you want to watch a "debate" of monks this is the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

A bit out of the center or Lhasa but stunning views and wonderful treasures throughout the complex. More aggressive begging here than elsewhere which was less pleasant but still worth a visit.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Loved this monastery out of all we've visited. Lovely Tibetian architecture and alleys in the huge monastery - our guide told us it is home to 10,000 monks. Ask your guide for the history of the place and be blown away. Loads of chambers and chapels to visit so it will take at least half a day. Awesome views at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Beautiful interior decor like all the monasteries we have seen in Tibet and China.I enjoyed discovering the huge kitchen and seeing how they previously fed the 6000 monks who lived here before the cultural revolution.Now there are only 500 here.A word of warning.. stone floors near burning butter lamps can be very slippery.We got a wider view of monastery life... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

You could easily spend half a day at this monastery; it is huge and has many buildings, temples, and caves. When we visited, Saga Dawa was just starting so we saw many pilgrims giving donations of money and yak butter. It was such a unique experience. The artwork, statues, and temples here are incredible. Our favorite monastery we visited during... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

an olefactory overload! I have never in my life seen such reverence and commercialism side by side, yet the Tibetans do it so respectfully. The waft of yak butter candle incense is etched into my memory forever! Go see it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is another active monastery where you can see many statues and observe the monks going through their daily routines. Historically important also due to the uprising in 2008, this monastery is undergoing some new building and repairs. The monk population is now controlled at 400.

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