One of the present great three Gelug monasteries in Tibet, Drepung Monastery is in the foothills of Mount Gephel. About 8 kilometers west of Lhasa, it is also the largest Tibetan monastery in the world. Founded in 1416 by one of Tsongkhapa’s foremost disciples Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden, Drepung Monastery is Elite. Once the largest monastery in the whole world, this Monastery is home to 7,700 monks. Along with Sera and Ganden, Drepung Monastery is a place to visit for appraising Tibetan Buddhism.
Architecture is spotless and with an alluring landscape, Drepung Monastery is a thoroughly worth experiencing destination in Tibet. Similarly, the art and carvings in and around the monastery are amazing. The Murals on the walls and the splendid Thangkas make the place unmissable.
Historically too Drepung Monastery holds a story of the Chinese revolution. Almost lost their spiritual credibility as they had to perform and operate in close inspection in the 1950’s the Monastery is now the institution for the finest monks in this land. It’s also significant because the Dalai Lamas before the fifth ruled Tibet from this very Monastery. With more than seven different colleges running directly under it, this Monastery is of great significance in Tibet.
A Drepung Monastery Kora allows you to understand the monastery architecture and monk lifestyle. You can also experience the customs and rites of Tibetan Buddhism during the Shoton festival. Sticking with your experienced local guide is the best way to enjoy the Deprug Monastery without any complications.
Architecture of the monastery and courtyards
Ganden Potrang (residence of former Dalai Lamas)
Cultural relics, Sand mandala makings, and Thanka paintings
View of Tibet Valley and Lalu Wetland
The seat of State oracle in Nechung Monastery