Drepung Monastery

It is the biggest of the 3 monasteries, situated on the slope of Mt.Guopei. It is 10 km to the west of Lhasa . The Monastery is so big that it resembles a town. Zongkaba's disciple Jiangyang Qujie who was versed in both Esoteric and Exotoric Buddhism built it in 1416. The Monastery consists of a number of grand halls chambers, and the dalai Lamas' palaces. 190 huge pillars are standing in the Grand Hall of Guoqin, which could sit, as many as 10,000 lamas.
With the support of plutocrats, it developed as the richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple of Dalai Lamas . In 1546, the third Dalai was welcomed as the first Living Buddha into the monastery. The Ganden Potrang, in the southwest corner of the monastery, was built under the supervision of the second Dalai Lama Gendun Gyaco around the year of 1530. It became the residence of the second, third, fourth, and the fifth Dalai Lamas. After the fifth Dalai Lama moved to the Potala Palace , it was served as the meeting place for the local regime for both politics and religion.
The statue of Buddha Jiangba, is said to be unearthed by Zongkaba, is enshrined on the second floor. Also enshrined in the Monastery is the white conch with counter-clockwise spiral, which was buried by Buddha Sakyamuni's disciple Mujianlianzang. It was later on unearthed by Zongkaba and passed on to jiangyang Qujie. Muslim poems are written on the walls of the Hall. Before he moved to the Potala Palace , the 5th Dalai Lama lived here. The Drepung Monastery used to nourish a lot of scholars of Buddhism in Tibet .
The ground of the monastery is organized on the caves and temples for Jamyang Qoigyi, together with two magnificent white pagodas. The buildings of the monastery are centered on these pagodas, The major buildings are Ganden Potrang, Coqen Hall, the four Zhacangs (or Tantric colleges), and Kamcuns.