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Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters (299,007 square yards), it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday, and is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung Monastery' which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice.
It is a little visited temple on a small island in a lake, behind the Potala. Dzong Hill Ruins in Gyangze 16 lies at Dzong Hill at the center of Gyantse. In 1904, British troops invaded into Tibet and occupied parts of Tibetan territory. However they met with strong and hard resist in Gyantse at the small hill which was the seat of the local Dzong government. Brave and unyielding Gyantse people using primitive weapons fought British invaders equipped with advanced guns.
Dzong Hill Ruins lies at Dzong Hill at the centre of Gyangtse. It is a small hill only 100 meters high. But it is an important military pass to Lhasa. “Dzong” means “castle or fort” in Tibetan Language. So since the early times, Gyangtse people began to construct castle and fort as the local government seat. The complex can be traced back to 14 century BC, consisting of office, chamber and some warehouses. The cannon ruins and fallen walls with bullet holes recorded the fierce battle against invaders.