Drepung Monastery

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Lhasa, China

Drepung Monastery Lhasa Reviews

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3 reviews
lhasa May 19, 2011
By the mid 7th century, Songtsän Gampo became the leader of the Tibetan Empire that had risen to power in the Brahmaputra River (locally known as the Yarlung Zangbo River) Valley. After conquering the kingdom of Zhangzhung in the west, he moved the capital from the Chingwa Taktse castle in Chongye County (pinyin: Qonggai), southwest of Yarlung, to Rasa (modern Lhasa) where in 637 he founded the first buildings of the Potala Palace on Mount Marpori. In 641 he founded the Rasa Trulnang or Jokhang.[2] Lhasa soon became not only the religious, but the political centre.[3] Lhasa remained the capital throughout the development of the Tibetan Empire until the reign of Langdarma in the 9th century, when the sacred sites were destroyed and desecrated and the empire fragmented.[4]
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My favourite monastry in tibet Mar 31, 2011
I went to Drepund before the March riot 2008 which changed the permit situation. This is my favourite monastry given its enormous size and the number of structures. I went during quiet time and there were not many tourists around at all. I love the serenity and the friendliness of the monks. They were not as commercialised as the others where you see many using mobile phones etc.

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