Tibet | Explore Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery - Tibetan Monasteries in Lhasa

derpung-monastery-tibet
Located around eight kilometers west of Lhasa, at the foot of Mount Gephel is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means ‘rice heap’ in Tibetan. The monastery was named ‘Drepung’ beca

Located around eight kilometers west of Lhasa, at the foot of Mount Gephel is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means ‘rice heap’ in Tibetan. The monastery was named ‘Drepung’ because its white buildings looked like ‘rice heaps’ on the brown hillside.  One of the largest and an important Gelugpa monastery, Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden.  At the height of its popularity it was the largest Buddhist monastery in the world and housed more than 7,000 monks. Many learned monks residing at this monastery created important Buddhist literature. The Ganden Phodrang at the monastery used to be the official residence of the Dalai Lama before the building Potala Palace.

The large monastery occupies several acres of land. It is divided into a large assembly hall(Coqen), seven colleges or Zacangs (Loseling, Gomang, Deyang, Shagkor, Gyalpa, Dulwa and Ngagpa) and the living quarters or Kamcuns of the monks residing at the monastery.  This historic monastery houses some of the most important Buddhist relics and statues,   including a conch that once belonged to Sakyamuni Buddha. The best way to explore this monastery is to follow the pilgrim’s route. It takes around three to four hours to explore the whole complex. 


Trips You May Also Like


Places You May Also Like

Enjoyed reading about Explore Drepung Monastery? Find more engrossing content about places to see below

Norbulink-palace
18th century, the Norbulingka served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama

Constructed in the 18th century, the Norbulingka served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. This delightful palace, filled with beautiful ...

Read More
derpung-monastery-tibet
Drepung Monastery - Tibetan Monasteries in Lhasa

Located around eight kilometers west of Lhasa, at the foot of Mount Gephel is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means ‘rice heap’ in Tibe...

Read More
Sera-Monestery
Observe the monks’ debate at the Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of Tibet’s most important Gelug monasteries. Located around two kilometers north of Lhasa, It is an ancient univer...

Read More
Jokhang-temple-tibet
One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Tibet

Jokhang Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Tibet. Located in Lhasa, the temple was built during the reign of Emperor Songsten Gam...

Read More
Barkor-Street-Tibet
Barkhor street - A good place to observe the locals and the local traders

Take a walk around the busy Barkhor Square. The street around the square is filed with shops selling souvenir items.  You will find a lot...

Read More

Things To Do You May Also Like

Enjoyed reading about Explore Drepung Monastery? Find more engrossing content about things to do below

Trekking-and-Hiking

Nepal Nepal is known as the land of soaring Himalayan peaks, medieval palaces, ancient Hindu and Buddhist shrines. This tiny Himalayan nat...

Read More
Potala-Palace

Set on the Red Mountain, the magnificent Potala Palace rises above the city of Lhasa. The palace was built on the remains of an old palace bui...

Read More

Sign up and Win a Free Everest Trek!

Sign up for our newsletter and dont loose your chance to win a free Everest Trek. Get alerts on amazing travels deals and latest news.


Contact Us


Head Office
Keshar Mahal Marg Thamel, Kathmandu
North America
Australia
10 Terrigal Drive Noble Park North