Located at the foot of Gambo Utse Mountain in the western suburbs of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is considered one of Tibet's three great monasteries. The monastery occupies an area of over 250,000 square meters. In its prime, the Drepung Monastery housed over 7,000 monks. The name Drepung means monastery of collecting rice because, from a distance, the white painted walls of the monastery appear like a mound of rice. Established in 1416, the monastery welcomed the first living Buddha in 1546. The most well-known feature of the monastery is its large white pagodas. The monastery's buildings are centered around them. Every year the Drepung Monastery unravels the largest Thangka in the world on the hill overlooking the monastery.
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