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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Lhasa

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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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  • A smaller and unique monastery. Each monastery visited in Lhasa has its own unique atmosphere, look and feel. This was no exception. 
  • The Monastery is fantastic. I'm told there are 450 monks residing here though there were once 10,000. OF course you need to visit the Patola Palace and Serra monastery when in Lhasa, but don't miss th...  more »
  • One of the largest and most important temples in Tibet in the past probably the biggest in terms of number of monks. The monastery is located, a few kilometers from Lhasa. Draws attention to its size and the environment where the rocks around we can admire paintings depicting the characters. From the upper floors and courtyards offer a beautiful view of the Valley of Lhasa. The monastery has 2 roles-one is a temple, the second University.
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