The largest monastery in the world,and The highest position of the Gelug sect monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.
* History: Built from 1416 AD
* Distance from downtown: about 7km from Potala Palace
* Entrance fee:RMB50 P/P
*Opening time:9：00～13：00。Most of the palace halls are closed in the afternoon.
* Recommended Visiting Time: Two or Three hours
* Address: No.276, Beijing West Road, in Chengguan District,Lhasa
* transportation：spend about RMB20 to the foot of the hill or RMB 30 to the top of the hill by taxi, or take No.301/302 bus .
* Best visiting time: June – October
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The Drepung Monastery
located in the col of west suburb in Lhasa.The buildings of the monastery are much different from normal another courtyard-style temples,it’s a huge architectural complex.The scale of the whole monastery is magnificent,with rigid building structure. The halls connect with each other, building group tier upon tier.Seen from afar,the white construction looks like a heap of rice,therefore it was named”Drepung temple” in Tibetan
language,which means Temple of Collecting – Rice.Basically, every independent building have its own three gradation,courtyard、scripture and Buddhist hall.It’s formed that the structure rise from the gate to the Buddhist hall layer by layer.It emphasized and protruded the worshipful position of Buddhism halls.Most of the buildings in the monastery were built during Qing and Ming Dynasties.
It was constructed by Jamyang Chojey who was a direct disciple of Je Tsongkhapa in 1416.it become the most powerful monastery of Gelug Sect so fast.It is one of the six Gelug Sect temples,there were more than ten thousand monks before liberation, and had its own 141 manor and 540 pastures in its heyday.It was the largest monastery in the world ,with an area of approximately 250,000 square meters.The Drepung、 Ganden,、Sera monastery collectively were known as the three major monasteries in Lhasa。It was the mother monastery of Dalai Lamas,the 5th Dalai Lama also lived here before the Potala Palace
was completed,so it’s the highest position of Gelug Sect temples.
The Shoton Festival or “Xue dun” was formed at Drepung,at the earliest it was just a religious activity.The folk hands down, Buddhism’s discipline has more than 300 strip, what most abstained from is takes life.So the Gelug Sect’s discipline has a strip during the April to Jun in Tibetan
calendar,monks were not allowed to go outside,until the end of Jun.After that, people prepare yoghourt to monks, celebrated ,and acted Tibet
an opera,this is the origin of the Shoton.Now,Shoton Festival is one of the biggest Festival in Lhasa. The most famous religious activity is”Sunning the Buddha”during the Shoton Festival.So many travelers come here in order to seeing the incredible sight.
1.When you get into the palace halls ,please get off your hats,sunglasses,gloves.
2.If you want to take Buddhas’ pictures ,should give the other pay.
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