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13:58, December 17, 2010  

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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.

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: Zhe Bang Si

Admission fee: 55 yuan

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00

Transportation: taxi

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