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Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery is situated on the slope of Wuze Hill, five kilometres northwest of Lhasa. It was built in 1416 and is the largest of the monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. It covers an area of 250,000 square meters. In its heyday, it had more than 10,000 monks. The monastery has trained a large number of talented exponents of Tibetan Buddhism. The Fifth Dalai Lama lived there before he moved to the Potala Palace. It houses many historical and cultural relics including the Buddhist classics. The exciting Shoton Festival (Sunning the Buddha) held in the monastery is one of the most magnificent displays religious fervour in Tibet.