Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet and the home monastery of all Dalai Lamas. Together with the Sera and the Gandain monasteries, they are regarded as the "Three Largest Monasteries of Lhasa" It was located in the western suburbs of Lhasa It occupies a land of 250,000 square meters. At its peak, Drepung was the world's largest monastery, holding over 10,000 monks in residence. In 1530, when the Second Dalai Lama made Ganden Palace his main residence, Drepung monastery became not only the primary residence of the Dalai Lama but also the political base for the Gelug
Daepung Monastery
monastic sect. As a result, the tombs of the Second to Fourth Dalai Lamas are at Drepung Monastery. From 1645, when the Fifth Dalai Lama established the Potala Palace as Tibet's political and spiritual headquarters, the bodies of later Dalai Lamas were entombed here instead. There is an abundance of historic relics and Buddhist Scriptures in Drepung Monastery.

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