Nenung Monastery

Rebuilt only in 2016, this hilltop Kagyu school monastery is now home to 30 monks including the 11th Powa Rinpoche, an important Karma Kagyud reincarnation who gives well-known speeches from his seat here.

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2. Drölma Lhakhang

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3. Ngagpa College

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4. Ganden Palace

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5. Main Assembly Hall

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The main assembly hall, or Tsogchen, is the principal structure in the Drepung complex and is the one chapel you must not miss. The hall is reached…

6. Jampelyang Temple

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8. Loseling College

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