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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Ranked #5 of 57 Attractions in Lhasa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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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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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We visited Drepung Monastery as the last stop of a long day, after the Potala Palace and Norbulingka. Altitude sickness hit us there for the first time (and thankfully the only time) in Tibet, and I ended up having to take a sit every 3 minutes to rest while attempting my way up the long flight of steps to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

It was a great place to see but I would say it was best to go no a private tour they is so much history about the place but not many signs to read about each part.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I suggest you stroll up around the mountains behind the monastery as this gives great views of the entire complex, the older ruins and newer temples sitting side by side. The monastery follows the contours of the mountains, working its way up the mountainside. Up here there are rabbits, voles and many different birds all scurrying around my feet, quite... More

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

lovely monastery, thangka, kora, is not that busy compare to Ganden Monastery,therefore you can truly enjoy

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I don't like the stairs as age, weight and altitude work against me. That said I was glad I made the effort to visit the chapels and learn a little of the history of this monastery. The statues, paintings and architecture appealed to me quite a lot. Be aware that under the Chinese this is no longer the spiritual place... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As with all the monastery's you feel like you have stepped back in time. The history and authentic feel of the place is not to be missed. i am fascinated with the butter candles and watching all the people honor the Buddha's

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On the whole Lhasa was a disappointment however the monastery was one of the highlights. The crowds were manageable and the Monastery was interesting with beautiful artwork.

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