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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This monastery is full of color and stairs !!!! Every chapel has its own interest. The monastery is full of life and many of the pilgrims have with them their dogs so in some areas there is a mixture of hymns and dog bells.

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Bordeaux, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Lots of monastary to see but like this one as we had a very good guide,Tibetan The weather was good so that made the difference.You will find a smell in all monastery because of the fat burning from the candles etc but well worth the visit.

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Miri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This monastery is located at the foot of Mount Gephel and great three Gelukpa University monasteries of Tibet. This monastery must visit you can see all kinds of old architecture and outside the temple you can see the beautiful view.

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