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OIP 2007 Photo Contest
February 12, 2008, Volume 54, No. 21

The Office of International Programs (OIP) hosts an annual photo exhibit displaying student works that capture a visual image of how Penn/American students view the world and how International students view Penn/American/Philadelphian culture. The winning photographs are available in the online gallery at www.oip.upenn.edu/service/photo.

The Monks of Drepung

The first place winning photograph from the Study Abroad category, The Monks of Drepung (left) was taken by SAS senior David Szerlip while studying abroad in Lhasa, Tibet, China.

The monks of the Drepung monastery gather every day to study the holy scriptures of Tibetan Buddhism. The study got very intense with loud arguments happening throughout the room. In this room alone, there were approximately 300 monks—all working by the natural light coming through the ancient windows.




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