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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Ranked #3 of 57 Attractions in Lhasa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It was a great place to see but I would say it was best to go no a private tour they is so much history about the place but not many signs to read about each part.

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Shanghai, China
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I suggest you stroll up around the mountains behind the monastery as this gives great views of the entire complex, the older ruins and newer temples sitting side by side. The monastery follows the contours of the mountains, working its way up the mountainside. Up here there are rabbits, voles and many different birds all scurrying around my feet, quite... More

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

lovely monastery, thangka, kora, is not that busy compare to Ganden Monastery,therefore you can truly enjoy

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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34 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I don't like the stairs as age, weight and altitude work against me. That said I was glad I made the effort to visit the chapels and learn a little of the history of this monastery. The statues, paintings and architecture appealed to me quite a lot. Be aware that under the Chinese this is no longer the spiritual place... More

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Calgary, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As with all the monastery's you feel like you have stepped back in time. The history and authentic feel of the place is not to be missed. i am fascinated with the butter candles and watching all the people honor the Buddha's

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ft worth TX
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On the whole Lhasa was a disappointment however the monastery was one of the highlights. The crowds were manageable and the Monastery was interesting with beautiful artwork.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This monastery is distinguished from many others by the sheer number of monks housed in its sprawling grounds in the hills above Lhasa. With six temples within its compound, it also the largest and perhaps the longest walk uphill of those in Lhasa. It is worth the climb as the beauty of the temples alone, both inside and out, are... More

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Chongqing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

not many visitors, being away from the tour group is always a plus. you can enjoy the time by closely observe the lama activities here and worship the buddha freely, lama are friendly and they are willing to share fabulous stories with you, if you could communicate

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I really enjoyed seeing this building. We had a great guide who could explain all the parts of the building to us. Still lots of stairs, bring your water. Oh, here they were restoring the murals, very interesting.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

OK, many in Tibet have very little material things but they have everything that really matters to them. Could not believe how moved we were being with the monks and the chanting. It really was wonderful. The sights and sounds have to be experienced. Go.. be moved.

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