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Lhasa sightseeing – Potala & Drepung monastery
4 April 2005 GPS-pos: °' | °' | Alt: 0 M
Wandering about the ancient Drepung and Potala monasteries for the morning before free time to visit the Jokang in the centre of town. No matter how many times I visit Lhasa, I can’t help but be amazed at the ancient and massive monasteries some of which (Drepung) previously housed 10,000 monks. The old kitchen with it’s huge cooking vats now under utilised with only 600 monks now living here. Looking at the polished stones on the floors by countless feet passing, you could not help but wonder at the lives of the people who had past this way before us; monks, dignitaries, tourists from a far, soldiers and pilgrims. What brought these people here and did visiting effect them in any way? Now we are here as part of a climbing team on the way to Chomolongma – Sagarmartha –or Everest as it is known to us. We are mostly to pre-occupied with our task ahead to absorb much of our surroundings as we parade around the courtyards and chapels, cameras blazing.