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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

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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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Southern Slope of Genpeiwuzi Mountain, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having a guided tour around in Lhasa with Drepung Monastery was an incredible day. It so much spiritual feeling to visit inside the monastery and also take a short of worship on the festival was beyond my imagination. I really feel blessed.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 22, 2019 via mobile

A beautiful spiritual place that should not be missed on a visit to Lhasa. Beware of the altitude as the higher temples are 4000+ metres (diamox essential). Take (or purchase on-site) money as offerings. We were able to meditate in the main hall very successfully....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2018

The monastery was not as obviously busy and occupied as the Sera monastery so it was more quiet and peaceful. Like the other temples and monasteries, it was well conserved and in traditional style and colours with a pervading smell of butter oil from the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

Drepung is the largest monastery in Lhasa and used to house up to 10000 monks. This monastery is higher than the Potala palace but the good news is you get to drive up most of the way.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Drive up, then stairs into the monastery inside there are steep ladders as this is also higher than the potala makes it about 13000 ft up so air is thin. Worth it as the views of the valley are spectacular, many monks here and the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Wynn R
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This 650-yr old monastery is the place where each reincarnation of the Dalai Lama received his training. Formerly the home for up to 10,000 monks, there are only about 800 monks there now. It's interesting for its size and typical Tibetan Buddhist temple architecture and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

Traditional monastic quarters. Lots going on here, with a religious festival happening during our visit. Guide gave much interesting background info

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

This was my first visit to a monastery while in Tibet. The monastery offers amazing views of the city. There are paintings on the rocks overhead and everywhere I turned my head there was a beautiful and peaceful scenery ahead of me. It was defiantly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Definitly a monastery to visit when you visiting Lhasa. It's a quiet place with a nice View. You will learn a lot about the tibetian Buddhismus. It's one of the great three Gelug university monasteries and the largest of all Tibetan monasteries.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 14, 2018

Well worth the many steps climbed to visit this monastery. Perhaps a bit scruffy when compared with the Potala Palace, but equally as beautiful, and felt less like a museum as the monks are still here. You see a lot here, temples, meeting halls, and,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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