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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 Monestary

Many different artifacts, many worshiping Buddhist pilgrims and spectacular views. Be sure you have a good guide. physically demanding.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dick C
Jonesborough, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many different artifacts, many worshiping Buddhist pilgrims and spectacular views. Be sure you have a good guide. physically demanding.

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Lhasa, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great monastery which has history, cultures and spiritural experience. it is also very magical place

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

A smaller and unique monastery. Each monastery visited in Lhasa has its own unique atmosphere, look and feel. This was no exception.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

The Monastery is fantastic. I'm told there are 450 monks residing here though there were once 10,000. OF course you need to visit the Patola Palace and Serra monastery when in Lhasa, but don't miss this one. The great assembly hall is amazing. The surrounding chapels are also interesting.

Thank RoyCupples
Yancheng, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

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 November 14, 2016

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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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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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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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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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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