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Lhasa - Drepung Monastery

Tibet - Lhasa - Shigatse

Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometer from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other 2 are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery.

Covering an area of 250,000 square meter, it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its glory days, and is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name "Drepung Monastery" which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice.