Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si)

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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Run_ar0und
Dallas, TX581 contributions
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May 2024 • Family
One of the largest monastery in the history of Tibet. Learned alot about its history, I would say spend 2-3 hours minimum to see everything and embrace their cultures. It is amazing to see their past history and what is evolving today. Walk slow, take it easy and enjoy.
Written 9 June 2024
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Johann&Sandra
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Built in 1416, Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet, and at its peak was the largest monastery in the world. Like the other monasteries in Lhasa, it is from the Gelug sect, which most Tibetans now belong to. What makes a visit to Drepung special, I think, is that it is set in a mountainous setting, just outside of town, and most of the pilgrims that visit here are from the countryside, rather than from the city of Lhasa. Combined with the small dwellings in the rocks where people still live, monks raising sheep, and chickens and cats running around, it makes for a holistic experience.

The first through fifth Dalai Lamas lived in the Drepung Monastery, before the fifth Dalai Lama relocated to the Potala Palace. You will find many Tibetan villagers here, as well as many monks, though far fewer than at their peak of 10,000. Also find a collection of Buddhas, the thrones from the first five Dalai Lamas, and visit the monks' kitchen, instruction rooms, etc. This place feels much more like what you might imagine a Tibetan monastery would feel like than Jokhang Temple, which is in the middle of the city.

It is rewarding to visit with a guide, who can share with you the history and legends associated with this historical place, of which there are many. Unlike the Potala Palace, Summer Palace, and Jokhang Temple, you are allowed to take photos inside here for about 20Y per room. It is respectful not to take photos, however, inside the monastery. Make sure to wear appropriate dress - long sleeves, long pants, dark colors.
Written 20 September 2009
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TheEagleGuy
Stockport, UK508 contributions
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The temple part of the monastery is pretty much the same as all other temples you are likely to see in Lhasa. The thing that makes Drepung different is the debating of the monks. This happens in the afternoon after their meditation and is a bit of a spectacle. So make sure that you go there at that time.

Basically the debate takes part as a question and answer session between two or more monks. As the answers are delivered the other monk will clap his hands or do other gestures depending on how good the answer is.
Written 9 September 2008
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Cindy R
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Dec 2019
When you visit DePrung you are immersed in the culture and spirituality of Tibet. The monastery is beautiful with carvings and exquisite artwork everywhere.
On a cautionary note, incense is burning throughout and the rooms are small and closed, so those with breathing or eye sensitivity issues might find that problematic.
Written 11 December 2019
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EiweEiwe
Bonn, Germany60 contributions
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Sept 2019
A historical monastery in a breathtaking environment. Al almost 4.000 meters every step is hard, but the history of the monastery is wirth it.
Written 6 October 2019
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AdventurT
Kathmandu, Nepal76 contributions
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Jan 2019 • Friends
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.
Written 22 February 2019
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75NorthernGirl
Ontario, Canada554 contributions
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July 2018 • Friends
A very large Monastery with plenty to look at and see. Were treated to some debating monks at the end of the tour. There was a small market on the way out. A great place to visit.
Written 22 July 2018
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welltravelled019
Toronto, Canada221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The monks study hall was the highlight of this Monestry.
Also the large painting of the know it all female Buddha was very interesting.
Written 19 May 2018
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Benjamin T
Edmonton, Canada161 contributions
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June 2017 • Couples
This was actually one of our favourite monasteries that we visited in Tibet. It is really cool how it is on a hillside and the architecture here is stunning. Unfortunately pictures are not allowed to be taken whilst inside the buildings but that is okay as it adds to its inherent sanctitide!
Written 28 June 2017
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Bitten_by_the_bug_10
London, UK313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
If you only have time for one monastery visit in Lhasa make it this one.

Beautiful buildings, setting and atmosphere in spades. History and religion ooze out of the walls.

Gorgeous views across Lhasa and to the mountains beyond.
Written 29 May 2017
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