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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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Drepung monastery

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Cyrill B
Thun, Switzerland
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Thun, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Rautakallio
Vienna Region, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 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 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

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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