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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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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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Take it slowly,slowly. It is situated a little higher than Lhasa. This was the biggest Temple in Tibet.A must pilgrimage for many Tibetans. Has many interesting and unique... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Perth, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take it slowly,slowly. It is situated a little higher than Lhasa. This was the biggest Temple in Tibet.A must pilgrimage for many Tibetans. Has many interesting and unique features.

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Monterey Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Before liberation, ten thousand monks resided here make it the largest monastery in Tibet.Thangkhas silk scrolls here are very precious & rare in the world, including many Buddhist scriptures & other cultural relics. The area covers over 200 thousand square meters. Although the monks speak in their dialect, but their heartfilled, active, lively and eloquent debate totally impressed me. Plenty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The Deprung Monastery is an interesting attraction. Lots of history here. Not as spectacular as the Potala Palace but worth a look.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Lovely old white buildings in shadow of the black mountain. It was the palace of the Dalai Lama before reconstructin of Potala Palace. Take your time to wander round this impressive building, its atmosphere and decorations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Located at the foot of one of the many rocky and majestic slopes that surround Lhasa, Drepung Monaestery is (high in altitude, don'y try to keep walking peace with the Tibetans if you've just arrived) surrounded by striking scenery. The monks still keep a hand-operated printing press going and have their own publishing house (via some ambivalent agreement with the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Recommend having a tour guide for your visit to any monastery or temple near Lhasa, or it's going to be a similar experience to any of the other monasteries nearby. Key differences at Drepung Monastery * You can take a look in the kitchens, where you can still see the huge vats which were used to cook noodles and etc.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We had very limited time here so unfortunately we were not able to see the entire monastery, however, it was beautiful, peaceful and spiritual.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

lovely place. a bit of a climb but worth it. a place where they would have 8000 monks gather for ceremonial functions with the head lhamas.gorgeous views of valley.clear blue skies

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Situated a little outside of Lhasa and is really a hidden treasure. It is easy to get there, but can have many tourists.

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Xinzheng, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

With a 600-year history, Drepung is one of the most important monasteries of the Gelukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism. About 80 years ago it was the largest monastery in the world, with as many as 10,000 monks, though the number today is much smaller. While monasteries can get somewhat repetitious, this one is set on the side of a mountain... More 

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