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. Make Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si) part of your personalized Lhasa itinerary using our Lhasa online route planner .
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  • Drepung Temple is the largest Tibetan Buddhist Gelug Temple in terms of its size and historical status. It is the largest and incomparable Dalai Lama in the world. It is the alma mater of the successi...  more »
  • It is a literally big monastiri where located within white fairly well preserved books and statues of their own which you can see will take you a few hours but it is truly unique.
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  • Honestly, after visiting main monasteries in Tibet, you don't remember what makes this one stood out, at least I don't. But it's certainly famous and many people visit this place during their first vi...  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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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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