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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Lhasa

(4.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I fell in love with Drepung. I've seen many Buddhist monasteries in China, in India, in Nepal etc, but as Drepung, none. Is in an enclave that emanates peace, tranquility, spirituality, mysticism and etc, etc, etc. You have to see it, it can not be described. He would come back!
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  • It is a big monastery that will probably take you hours to see it all. It is the biggest monastery in the city of Lhasa. It locates by western outskirt (or will soon become inskirt) of Lhasa. It costs...  more »
  • This is the largest of Tibetan monasteries and perhaps the most historic. It preserves some of the old Buddhist colleges and the Dalai Lama's residence. If you are not too familiar with the history of...  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.
  • 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.
  • Should not miss!