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“A stiff Climb”

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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“A stiff Climb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

This is a monastery which is quite demanding as it is a stiff climb to reach the various sections. However, every inch gained is worth it. This, I believe, is the seat of the Panchen Lama.

Visited May 2014
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“Monastery West of Lhasa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Just like many other monastery in Lhasa, Drepung Monastery has similar structures, buddhas, stupas etc.

What stands out is that they have this huge Thangka (which was kept in the cupboard when i was there) to hang out during festivals. Overall this place is huge to walk around, good for a day 1 acclimatization in Lhasa, slowly taking in the sights and learning about the place and religion.

Admission fee is 50 RMB
Drepung Monastery is located at the foot of the west valley mountain (10km west of lhasa), and built in 1416 by Jamyang Choke Tashi Phlden and covers an area of 200,000 sq metres.

Visited April 2014
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“Drepung at Shoton festival”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

we went to see the drepung during the day of the yoghurt festival. The only time of the year when the show a huge tanka outside on the mountain side. a hundred thousand people go there for pilgrimage and prayer and we had the feeling to be the only europeans in the masses. It can be scary because one might get stuck in the masses while chinese soldiers block the ways so that not too many people get to the tanka at the same time. Tibetans however find that mostly funny. The Tanka is unique as is the whole event. Check out the youtube videos. The monastery itself is one of the biggest and most important but resembles other monasteries a lot. After a visit to Tibet you might not be able to distiguish one monastery from the other anymore. But they are all beautiful!

Visited September 2013
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“Huge Monastery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 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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Bordeaux, France
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“Very interesting visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 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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