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“Huge Monastery”

Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)
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Day Tour: Tibet Drepung and Sera Monasteries
Ranked #4 of 88 things to do in Lhasa
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Owner description: 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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“Huge Monastery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

This monastery is full of color and stairs !!!! Every chapel has its own interest. The monastery is full of life and many of the pilgrims have with them their dogs so in some areas there is a mixture of hymns and dog bells.

Visited April 2014
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“Very interesting visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

Lots of monastary to see but like this one as we had a very good guide,Tibetan
The weather was good so that made the difference.You will find a smell in all monastery because of the fat burning from the candles etc but well worth the visit.

Visited May 2013
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Miri
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“Great Three Monasteries”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

This monastery is located at the foot of Mount Gephel and great three Gelukpa University monasteries of Tibet. This monastery must visit you can see all kinds of old architecture and outside the temple you can see the beautiful view.

Visited November 2013
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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“Look for the Thangkas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

Inside Drepung are some of the most beautiful thangkas (paintings) you could find. The monastery is a bit of a hike from the place where the bus lets you off (unless you are in a tour van). Take your time going up the hill. And remember to walk clockwise when you get to the monastery. (Otherwise, you will be out of step with the pilgrims.) I visited this in winter - it was a good time because a lot of pilgrims came.

Visited January 2013
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“Sacred place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

A beautiful and very important place for Tibetans.  It's worth visiting.  The monks usually debate in a courtyard in the morning but they were not there when we visited.

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