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China Travel Guide
Drepung Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet


Drepung Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet

The unique culture and long history makes Lhasa in Tibet a shining pearl on the snow-covered plateau. Being the Tibetan center of Buddhism throughout the centuries, Lhasa boasts row upon row of magnificent Buddhist buildings, including the well-known Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery.

Drepung Monastery
Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, ten kilometers (3.1 miles) to the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Together with the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery is taken as one of the "Three Great Monasteries" in Lhasa.
drepung monastery, lhasa, tibet

In Tibetan, "Drepung" means rice pile. It is so named because the grand and white construction makes the monastery looks like a heap of rice when seen from afar. The meaning also symbolizes prosperity. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters, it once held nearly 8,000 and owned over 500 pastures in its heyday. Today, it houses many precious cultural relics and attracts crowds of visitors.

Chinese name of this monastery: Zhe Bang Si

Transportation: taxi

sources: xinhua net

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