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Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si), Lhasa
(4.8/5 based on 190+ 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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  • 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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  • The place is massive. You need to climb up the small hill to reach the main monastery. But in Lhasa it also is a task with less Oxigen. The monastery it self is very nice, with beautiful views of Lhas...  more »
  • The Drepung monastery was the first one we visited, and thanks a lot for your spiritual and cultural wealth. The place is pretty big, too cute!! It is the largest monastery in Tibet. That's what I liked best. The number of monks has been much higher, but today she is controlled by the Chinese Government. Unfortunately within the buildings we can't take pictures. Are many statues, paintings, books ... I was a little uncomfortable with the amount of money spread all over, mostly left by pilgrims. The monks are well sealed and do not interact with us. On the outside we asked twice if you would take a picture with us, but they refused.
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