The Drepung monastery, some six miles west of Lhasa, still has several hundred monks. Despite considerable destruction, the place continues to be interesting due to its tantric school, a gigantic statue of Buddha carved into the rock, and impressive kitchens, where the monks' meals are prepared.
The Drepung Monastery is one of the main monasteries in Tibet, along with those of Ganden and Sera.© Keith Levit / 123RF
Ganden Podang in the Drepung Monastery was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 17th century.© Ricardo Silva / 123RF
The Drepung Monastery is called the 'rice heap' because it consists of a chaotic group of white buildings.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
Along with the monasteries of Ganden and Sera, the school of Drepung offered the highest level of education in Tibetan Buddhism philosophy and theology.© Captain Images / 123RF
The Drepung Monastery held many treasures before it was destroyed by the Chinese.© GRAPHICOBSESSION