Drepung Monastery Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in Lhasa, Monasteries, Tibet, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

1. Visitors need some medicine to prevent the altitude reaction. 2 The delicious foods here are: Lhasa Zanba, Lhasa buttered tea, Best Time to Visit Drepung Monastery The best time to visit Lhasa is the summer and spring because the temperature is moderate, neither cold nor windy. The city is warm throughout the whole year […]

1. Visitors need some medicine to prevent the altitude reaction.

2 The delicious foods here are: Lhasa Zanba, Lhasa buttered tea,

Best Time to Visit Drepung Monastery

The best time to visit Lhasa is the summer and spring because the temperature is moderate, neither cold nor windy. The city is warm throughout the whole year and people call it “sunlight city.”  The highest temperature is in July whereas the lowest temperature is in January. There are few rainfalls here but you can clearly distinguish between seasons. Rain is concentrated in July, August and September and mostly during the night. In summer, you can visit the Potala Palace, the Dazhao Temple, the Drepung Monastery and some other palaces. You will feel the strong religious atmosphere. At night you can go to the Tibetan bars and experience the Tibetan customs. Most of the rain will be during the night, so you will see a sunny day when you get up in the morning. You can breathe the fresh air and go on your journey. The 1st of July, according to the lunar calendar used by the Zang nationality is the Shoton Festival in Tibet. You can watch the performances and see the splendid scene.

Drepung Monastery’s Tickets:

The level of the scenic spot: the impotant preservation of culture relics

Address: in the Genwu Zi Mountain of the west Lhasa

The entrance ticket: 55RMB/person and the Tibetan are free of charge. The low season from the 20th of October to the 20th of April, and the ticket is 25RMB/person.

Open time: 9:00AM-17:00PM

How to get to the Drepung Monastery:

By airplane:

Lhasa Gongga Airport has international and domestic routes, including direct flights to Chengtu (part of the flight stops at Changdu), Chongqing, Xi’an, and Changdu, Guangzhou (stops at Chongqing), Beijing (stops at Chengtu) and Shanghai (stops at Xi’an). The only national flight flies to the capital of to Nepal.

The Gongga airport is in the Gongga Country which is 98km away from the south of Lhasa. The airport bus from the airport to the ticket office of the Niangre Road and it will take you one and half an hour, the charge is 25RMB each person. If more people want to go to the airport together, you can take a taxi, the charge is about 150RMB.

By train:

The Lhasa train station is located in the northwest of Liuyu village, Duide Longqing. It is 20km to the Potala Palace. You can take the bus No.86,91 to get there. At present, Beijing, Chongqing, Chengtu, Xining, Shanghai, Lanzhou, and Guangzhou have trains to go to Lhasa.

By bus:

Lhasa has four passenger depots including the eastern suburbs, the west suburbs, the north suburbs and the Liuyu.

The eastern suburbs passenger depot is located in the No.3 of Jiangsu east Road of Lhasa. The consulting telephone number is 0891-6340523.

Bus Routes:

Lhasa – Bayi: every hour, the charge is from 80RMB to 120RMB.

Lhasa – Dangxiong: eight times a day, the charge is 30RMB.

Lhasa – Yangba Jing: 3 times a day, the charge is 15RMB.

Lhasa – Sangye Temple: 2 times a day, the charge is 40RMB.

Lhasa – Gandan Temple: 4 times a day, the charge is 10RMB.

Lhasa – Zhigongti Temple: one time a day, the charge is 30RMB.

The northern suburbs passenger depot is located in the No.11 of Zhaji Road. The buses will take passengers to the Ali, Naqu and Shigatse. The consulting telephone number is 0891-6922104.

Bus routes:

Lhasa – Ali: two times a day, the departure time is 4:00 AM, the charge of front rows is 800RMB and back rows is 500 RMB. It will arrive at the destination next day.

Lhasa – Shigatse: 4-5 times a day, the charge is about 50RMB.

Lhasa – Naqu: 6-7 times a day, the charge is about 60RMB.

The western suburbs passenger depot is located in the No.1 of Nationality Road, Lhasa. The buses will take passengers to the Chengtu, Shigates and Shannan. The consulting telephone number is 0891-6824469.

Bus Routes:

Lhasa – Chengtu: just one time a day, the departure time is 5:00 PM. It will arrive at the destination in 2days. The charge is 530RMB.

Lhasa – Shigates: the bus will come per half an hour. The charge is about 50RMB.

Lhasa – Shannan: the bus will come per half an hour. The charge is 30RMB.

Liuyu passenger depot is next to the Lhasa Station and combined with Lhasa Station into one. It is a new long – distance passenger depot. The consulting telephone number is 0891-6947216.

Buses Routes:

Lhasa – Zhangmu (the Nepal port), it will leave at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning. The charge is 270RMB.

Lhasa – Changdu: the departure time is 10:00AM every day. The charge is 320RMB. It will arrive at the destination in three days. The bus will pass by the Bayi, Mibo and Wuran.

Lhasa – Mangkang: the departure time is 10:00 AM on the next day morning, the charge is 350RMB. It will pass by the Bayi, Mibo and Wuran.

Lhasa – Shangri-La: the departure time is 10:00AM on the next day morning. The charge is 520RMB, the sleeper is charge 570RMB. It will arrive at the destination in 4 days. It will pass by No.318 line.

By taxi:

The taxi will take you to the foot of the mountain and the charge is 20RMB. You also can take a bus to arrive at the foot of the mountain the charge is 1RMB/person. If by walking, it will take half an hour.

Lhasa barley wine, stew the sheep head, drying red meat and so on.

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Gandanpozhang Palace

On September 6, 2011, in Monasteries, Palaces, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

Gandanpozhang Palace is bed room of Dalai Lama in Drepung Monastery. Before Potala Palace was built, the Fifth Dalai Lama had been lived there. At the period, he was the political and religious head in Tibet. So Gandanpozhang also is symbol of the Tibeten government. Gandanpozhang Palace was built in 1530. There are seven floors […]

Gandanpozhang Palace is bed room of Dalai Lama in Drepung Monastery. Before Potala Palace was built, the Fifth Dalai Lama had been lived there. At the period, he was the political and religious head in Tibet. So Gandanpozhang also is symbol of the Tibeten government. Gandanpozhang Palace was built in 1530. There are seven floors in the palace. The architectures are divided into three parts, the front part, the middle part and the back park. In the front part, there are many store rooms. Dalai Lama lined on the seven floor. There is a scripture hall, a bed room, a lecture room and a living room there. Besides there, there are another two halls, Zhuoma Hall and Hufashen Hall. The Palace has a special room for the mummification of an innocent young girl. It is said she was put to death by a siren. Then people regarded her as a lucky goddess. The third floor is very magnificent. There are Buddha statues there. After the fifth Dalai Lama, the government offices were not there anymore.

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

Four Zhacang (Buddhist College)

On September 6, 2011, in Monasteries, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

Zhacang is a unit of Gelupai Temple which is used for learn scripture. It is also following the Cuoqing (a unit of temple). The Drepung Monastery had seven Zhacang in the past and they were charged by the seven disciples of Jiangyang Qujie. However, there are more and more monks came here and the seven […]

Zhacang is a unit of Gelupai Temple which is used for learn scripture. It is also following the Cuoqing (a unit of temple). The Drepung Monastery had seven Zhacang in the past and they were charged by the seven disciples of Jiangyang Qujie. However, there are more and more monks came here and the seven Zhacang combined into four which including Luo cycolin, Guo mang, Deyang and A ba.

Guo Cycolin Zhacang:

It is the largest Zhacang in the Drepung Monastery. It covers an area of 1860 Square meters and divided into two parts, the Scripture Hall and the Buddha Temple. The Scripture Hall has 102 pillars and the area is 1053 square meters. The scripture shelves against the walls and about 60 meters long. All kinds of classical scripture are on the shelves. The Qiangba Buddha Temple is behind the hall. The temple has three rooms and connected with each other. There are many Buddha statues there. The monks in this Zhangcang are the most. They come from Kang District and Yunan Province. The Zhacang has 23 Kangcun (a unit under Zhangcang).

Guo mang Zhacang:

The Guo mang Zhacang also has a Scripture Hall and a Buddha Temple and has 102 pillars. The Buddha Exhibition composed with three parts, they are Ba Lakang, Minzhu Lakang and Zhuoma Lakang. The Zhacang has 16 Kangcun. There are many Micun under the Kangcun (Micun is a unit under the Kangcun).

Dezha Zhacang:

The Dezha Zhacang is the smallest Zhacang and covers an area of 375 square meters. The Buddha Temple is behind the Scripture Hall.

A Ba Zhacang:

A Ba Zhacang is the Esoteric Buddhism College of Drepung Monastery. It is located in the right of the Cuoqin Palace and is a closed yard. There are many monks’ rooms around the yard. The Scripture has 48 pillars and covers an area of 467 square meters. The religious paintings on the walls are attractive.

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

Cuoqin Palace

On September 6, 2011, in Monasteries, Palaces, Tibet, by Jack Li

Cuoqin Palace is the main architecture of the Drepung Monastery. Cuoqin Palace is in the middle of the Drepung Monastery, covering an area of four thousand, five hundred square meters. In front of the hall, there is a plaza. It takes seventeen wide stone stairs to get to the hall. The hall is held by […]

Cuoqin Palace is the main architecture of the Drepung Monastery. Cuoqin Palace is in the middle of the Drepung Monastery, covering an area of four thousand, five hundred square meters. In front of the hall, there is a plaza. It takes seventeen wide stone stairs to get to the hall. The hall is held by eight pillars. The scripture room of the hall is truely magnificent with gorgeous decorations. The room covers an area of one thousand, eight hundred square meters. There are in all one hundred, eighty-three pillars holding the room. The statues in the hall are very vivid for example; statues called Dawenshu and White Umbrella in the middle of the hall. The main religious symbol, Dextral Discus is worshiped in the Cuoqin Palace. It is sent there when the Drepung Monastery started to be built. The Dextral Discus was cherished by the local people and regarded as an important treasure. The Lingta of the second, third, fourth Dalai Lamas are kept in the Cuoqin Palace. On the walls of the cuoqin Palace, there are hanging paintings. On the east of the palace, there is a very small cave called Rangjiongma. It is the earliest architecture in the Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

Drepung Monastery (Zhebingsi)

On September 6, 2011, in Lhasa, Monasteries, Temples, Tibet, by Jack Li

Drepung Monastery is on the south slop of Genpeiwuzi Mountain which is ten kilometers away from Lhasa. It is built in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung Monastery is one of six Tibetan Buddhism Temples […]

Drepung Monastery is on the south slop of Genpeiwuzi Mountain which is ten kilometers away from Lhasa. It is built in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Drepung Monastery is one of six Tibetan Buddhism Temples and the biggest temple in the world. Before 1949, there were over ten thousand lamas there. The Genpeiwuzi Mountain is ten kilometers to the west of Lhasa. It is three thousand, eight hundred meters above sea level. Drepung Monastery covers an area of 200,000 square meters with seven colleges. It was firstly named Baiding Drepung Monastery. Then it changed to just Drepund Monastery. Drepung was divided into seven great colleges: Gomang (sGo-mang), Loseling (Blo-gsal gling), Deyang (bDe-dbyangs), Shagkor (Shag-skor), Gyelwa (rGyal-ba) or Tosamling (Thos-bsam gling), Dulwa (‘Dul-ba), and Ngagpa (sNgags-pa). Since 1464, Buddhist classics have been imparted there. Lamas in the Drepung Monastery are very kind. You can invite some of them to tour around the monastery with you. They can explain a lot of history of the Drepung Monatery. The seven colleges merged into four colleges. Most of the buildings in the Drepung Monastery were built during the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1636 -1911). The Dajing Hall in the Drepund Monastery is very magnificent. There are one hundred and eighty-three pillars holding the hall. The sculptures on those pillars are exquisite. In the hall, there are Buddhist statues and paintings on the walls.

Drepung Monastery attractions

Cuoqin Palace

Four Zhacang

Gandanpozhang Palace

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