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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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large and spacious with maximum number of monks. Sometimes bit tiring as its so large. locals spend a day to visit each and every chapel in detail but tours can visit at the main... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Lhasa, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

large and spacious with maximum number of monks. Sometimes bit tiring as its so large. locals spend a day to visit each and every chapel in detail but tours can visit at the main sites.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Drepung Monastery is set on the outskirts of Lhasa on the foot of a mountain. It is similar to other religous sites but every monastery/temple serves a purpose and has a story and unique display, design and art depicts them. Again your best to have a local tour guide (we had a organised tour by China Odyssey) to appreciate &... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Despite the reduction in numbers of monks from several thousand to a few hundred, and despite tourist traffic, it is still possible to get the feeling of a monastic city from the maze of alleyways, and Tibetan worshipers still scurry among the tourists, giving their small money offerings, lighting yak butter candles, receiving blessings. Photography is allowed for per-room fees.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The monastary is huge but the main attraction is the great assembly hall. Pay the extra to take pictures as it is so colorful.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

This monastery is easy to visit from Lhasa and was the head monastery of the Dali lamas before they moved to the Potala. There are many buildings and chapels to explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Beautiful location, and one of the few places round Lhasa where you can (for a fee) take photographs inside the monastery rooms to capture the internal decoration and atmosphere. Very special.

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Whitby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Original monastery/palace of the Dalai Lamas until the 5th (who had the Potala Palace built). Still a monastery, although much smaller than the 7,000 monks it had at one time. A steep walk from the parking area, although every where in Tibet is a steep walk and at altitude. Many Tibetans (in traditional garb still come here to worship). Views... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I particularly enjoyed the debating episodes amongst the monks in the monastery. They debate generally in groups of about 5 with many groups debating at the same time. There is lots of drama and quite enjoyable to watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

To really appreciate the monastery you must visit it in January when all the Pilgrims come in their native dress with their Yak butter to fuel the candles. It is a spectacle and the interior will amaze you to say the least-----definitely worth your time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We visited Drepung Monastery as part of our private tour of Lhasa. Drepung Monastery located in the western suburb of Lhasa is one of the 'Three Great Monasteries of Tibet'. We understand it is one of the most reputed centres for learning, contemplating and practicing Tibetan Buddhist thoughts and science. Drepung Monastery is magnificent from afar and its grand white... More 

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