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Drepung Monastery
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   once world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks.  This day’s sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside.  Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels.  At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.

   About 8km west of central Lhasa,the word Drepung literally translates as 'rice heap',a reference to the huge numbers of white monastc buildings that once piled up on the hillside.It suffered through the ages with assaults by the kings of Tsang and the Mongols,but was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution and there is still much of interest intact. Rdbuilding and resettlement continue at a pace unmatched eleswhere in Tibet and the site once again resembles a small village,with around 600monks resident out of a pre-Liberation total of around 7000.

    The best way to visit the chapels is to follow the pilgrims or,failing that,the yellow signs.

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