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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Drepung Monastery is a must see place in Tibet. It looks like a fortress with many steps make by stone and there are many corners turn you to no-where. Yes very easy to be lost here because there are many things around to see. Come to main praying place you will see plenty seat cushions on the ground, smell of... More 

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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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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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Additional Information about Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

Address: Address: Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Tibet  >  Lhasa
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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