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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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  • Very Impressive location. We had the chance to watch the monks during a ceremony and it was very interesting.  more »
  • This was our favorite monastery. It was a very beautiful and peaceful place. We really got a good idea what the monk's life was in there. It wasn't very crowded and we could focus on details inside ea...  more »
  • This was a nice visit in a very historical Monastery. Be ready for quite a climb, altitude sickness might hit you a bit so take it slow and drink plenty of water. The view of Lhasa from the Monastery ...  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
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  • Should not miss!

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Look along the knotted streets of the eastern district of Lhasa for a number of welcoming guesthouses and storied hotels, close to the main Tibetan attractions around Jokhang Temple. With a little more age and character than options out west, the accommodations in this district attract seasoned travelers and cultural enthusiasts. Out to the west sit a good deal more chain hotels and towering hotel and mall complexes, offering a range of additional facilities, such as swimming pools, restaurants, and karaoke bars.
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