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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Lhasa

Categories: Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 180+ 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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  • It is a monastery to visit to understand the history of Tibetan Buddhism. The site has hosted thousands of monks and served as a place of prayer, but also political centre to manage the lives of Tibetans. It has been substituted by the Potala Palace when the 5th Dalai Lama has done the latter. Note in the visit the stuppas of the first Dalai Lama (until 4th). Outside the maze of colored pieces, the view of the surrounding mountains is also a beautiful show. I advise to visit Drepung first then the Potala (to follow the sense of history).
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  • A beautiful monastery at the base of the mountains just outside Lhasa. I loved the network of little ally ways, while watching the monks coming and going. Definitely a must see when in Lhasa. 
  • Queso monastery perched on the slopes of the Hill outside Lhasa is a complex of extraordinary importance with theological Colleges, the great kitchen, the Hall, the sacred, the big wheels and Chortens votive wall of Tangka paintings, the great Court of the monks ' debates. A wonderful visit, made magical by the monks that coil Mandalas, by craftsmen who build statues of Buddha, by the monks who sing-song rhythm with Cadence reading the Holy Scriptures. A place full of charm that should not be missed.
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