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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

Address: Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Ranked #5 of 71 things to do in Lhasa
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Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Built in 1416, this is considered one of the largest monasteries in the world with more than 10,000...
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Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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York, England, United Kingdom
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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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Lethbridge, Canada
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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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Funk
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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George Town, Malaysia
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It was nice wandering around the monastery grounds, feeling like you've walked into a different age.

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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This was one of our last of the monasteries we visited in Tibet on 26th Sept, 2014 and by this time, we were fully knowlegeable about Tibetan Budhism, Lamas, monks, air burial, thangkas, kalachakras etc... There was a small walk way while you enter this place from your car park which was also steep and from there few ( not... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We came here after sightseeing elsewhere so I was tired. The cold weather plus the high altitude made it harder for me to walk and climb the stairs. The stairs were steep and some were wobbly. You have to be careful walking as it was dark inside. It was slippery where there were butter candles lit. Picture taking was not... More 

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Poway, California, United States
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I have never been anywhere like the Drepung Monastery. Watching the people with the butter and the prayers was amazing. We were the only non Asian people there. My only recommendation is if you have trouble with stairs, avoid this place. You would not be happy. Many of the stairs are more like ladders. If you have the time, make... More 

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Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Once the home of 10,000 monks, the 200-300 now allowed by the authorities rattle around the place. Wonderful chapels and buddhas to see and you will learn a lot about Buddhism.

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