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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Vienna Region, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank zerella
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It would be unusual for Drepung not to feature on your organised tour itinerary. The complex is massive and an attack to senses. Don't miss the climb above that big mural for some nice views.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Built in 1416, it was once the largest monastery in Tibet, housing more than ten thousand monks! I particularly like the tranquility of this monastery. It's definitely worth visiting, just look at the pictures!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This is the biggest monastery college with 22 colleges, on a rainy day it had a magical quality with laces of clouds encircling the colleges at different levels... Theres a 3 storied Maitreya statue thats worth a visit!

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

The beauty is there, so it's worth visiting this massive monastery for historical and artistic reasons. For Buddhists, it's a mixed experience like visiting most monasteries that have been destroyed and reconstructed and host questionable ceremonies.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This was our first monastery visited when we arrived in Tibet. It is a nice introduction to the area and gets you used to high altitude stair climbing, which you will do a lot of during your visit to Lhasa! This is the largest monastery and was home to the Dalai Lama prior to the Potala Palace being built. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Drepung is one of many nice Monasteries in Lhasa that are worthwhile visiting. We had spent two (2) full days touring Lhasa and we had the opportunity to visit the Drepung, Sera, Jokhang and Potala Monasteries - all different and worthwhile stops to visit and enjoy the views. Drepung Monastery is unique in that it has beautiful murals painted on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Visiting "Drepung Monastery" is not for beginners. Take your time, go slowly and try to adapt yourself to the high altitudes of the Gambo Utse Mountain. It is tough, it is hard, steps and more steps to climb. Headaches and difficulties to breath. But it is immensely rewarding: the views, the mountains, the skyline and the religious complex! It is... More 

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