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Address: Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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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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An interesting monastery hinting at lost granduer

The place is massive. You need to climb up the small hill to reach the main monastery. But in Lhasa it also is a task with less Oxigen. The monastery it self is very nice, with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Yancheng, China
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Yancheng, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is massive. You need to climb up the small hill to reach the main monastery. But in Lhasa it also is a task with less Oxigen. The monastery it self is very nice, with beautiful views of Lhasa and the river across. At one point it was one of most important monastery in Tibet but now houses only... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monastery is built into the mountain side and used to house 10,000 + monks. Because of social and government imposed conditions, they are down to less than 500. Nevertheless, it is a huge place where teaching continues and young monks continue their training and social work. The Monastery has several prayer and teaching rooms heavily adorned with huge buddhas,... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Just returned from our visit and am in awe. The past two days was the celebration of the 600th year anniversary of the founding of the monastery. The monks in the great hall were cleaning up the hundreds of gifts of prayer scarfs and sweeping up the donations of small bills. Hard to believe this was the largest monastery in... More 

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Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

A beautiful monastery at the base of the mountains just outside Lhasa. I loved the network of little ally ways, while watching the monks coming and going. Definitely a must see when in Lhasa.

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Thun, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

In this monastery you'll get to see a lot of statues. It takes about half a day to visit, is definitely worth this time.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Drepung Monastery is the second largest of Lhasa's three great monasteries, attached to Drepng is Niching Monastery, the sea of Tibet's great oracle. It is worth a visit!

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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

This is the larger of the two major monasteries on the outskirts of Lhasa the other being Sera Monastery. There is more to see here and the views are better as the monastery is on the side of the mountain. Definitely worthwhile. Some of the temple rooms and halls were similar is size and feeling to those in the Potalla... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Impressive, Awe-inspiring with a good view over surrounding country. Historically important. We were happy, that we saw this monastery before our visit to the Potala, because it fits chronologicaly into the history. Our Tourguide Tennyi from Sichuan China International Travel Service informed us with deep knowledge and in detail about everything cultural and historical regarding the monastery and later at... More 

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Como, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Tibetan monasteries are usually very noisy and busy in August with hundreds of chinese tourist pushing you araound instead Drepung is quiet and intimate, views are amazing and the village around the monastery is very picturesque with its labyrinth of white walls and local people walking up and down the narrow streets. Climb up to the thangka wall following the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Nice place to see woman and men monks. Amazing manual printing works where using Middle Ages process they do a great job to print ceremonial protocols. You can see original wooden tables 400 years old. Give 20RMB to the guy and he will show you everything around its job. All the monastery is great to see, mostly the ceremony #1... More 

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