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

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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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was one of the first monasteries we visited on our Tibet tour. It was pretty big and we appreciated having a guide to explain everything to us. We were also lucky to be there for the annual debating which involved a Yellow Head monk sitting in the middle of he assembly hall listening and responding to the other monks.

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It was the first monastery I got to see, which made it all that more amazing. Great view of the city. A lot of climbing on the fist days in Lhasa, can be hard if you are not acclimated to the altitude. Definitely need a guide to explain all the details there.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Enjoyed the opportunity to see so many different temples/monasteries, while they look the same on the outside there are individual differences that are worth exploring.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a monastery which is quite demanding as it is a stiff climb to reach the various sections. However, every inch gained is worth it. This, I believe, is the seat of the Panchen Lama.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Just like many other monastery in Lhasa, Drepung Monastery has similar structures, buddhas, stupas etc. What stands out is that they have this huge Thangka (which was kept in the cupboard when i was there) to hang out during festivals. Overall this place is huge to walk around, good for a day 1 acclimatization in Lhasa, slowly taking in the... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

we went to see the drepung during the day of the yoghurt festival. The only time of the year when the show a huge tanka outside on the mountain side. a hundred thousand people go there for pilgrimage and prayer and we had the feeling to be the only europeans in the masses. It can be scary because one might... More

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