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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Lhasa

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Historic Site
Enjoy a scenic path and the sight of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), tumbling in three tiers from 22 m (72 ft) and then from 30 m (98 ft), respectively. Gushing out of rocky formation into a large 21 m deep (69 ft) pond, the first waterfall offers a spectacular view, which you can enjoy from a railing at a safe distance. Called the "Pond of the Emperor of Heaven," this national treasure supports a number of rare plants growing in the vicinity of the cascades--most notably solimnan reed, which makes it a national monument. The hike will take you past a picturesque red and white metal pedestrian bridge and a Buddhist temple. Bring walking shoes, bug spray, and water. To visit Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si) on your trip to Lhasa, use our Lhasa vacation planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • This monastery gave the world many scholars of Buddhism, though it has been affected after the Chinese takeover of Tibet it still functions as a great university of Buddhist studies.  more »
  • call my cynical but there is little that is awe inspiring in this monastery, in fact I felt depressed by the fact that its number of monks has been so depleted that it is now not much more than a tour...  more »
  • One if the "Big Three" monasteries of Tibet and perhaps the most impressive. Not far from Lhasa, but it requires a long, steep climb at 13,000 feet above sea level to take the entire complex in. Worth...  more »
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  • Beauty is a reflection in the eye and body of the beholder, once home to 6000 monks, it's a place of history and spirit. Understanding appreciating the presence pure peace and joy.
  • Drepung monastery is considered to be of the three largest gelugpa monasteries in and around Lhasa.
  • Biggest monastery in the world. Beautiful and one of the attraction in Lhasa. Would not recommend if you don't have much time in lhasa
  • Awesome!
  • I need to be there.