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Sera Monastery

Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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The Sera Monastery (founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa) is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill,located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang and it is about 6 km to the northeast direction of Potala Palace. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of” Monks Debate” which happens in afternoon from Monday to Saturday. This is one highlight attraction for travel in Lhasa Tibet.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a monastery where you will be able to see monk debate. The monastery is big however, only a few section is open to visitors. The monk debate which is conducted almost everyday is a must visit section. Do pay attention on the monk...More

Thank Wong S
Reviewed 10 December 2017

This is the temple famous for monks debating, which usually starts at 3PM. The format is quite interesting, worth staying for the whole time, just make sure you know a bit about debating before you come. There is also a tea place in front of...More

Thank xiliu82
Reviewed 9 December 2017

What makes this monastery special is the monk debate everyday at 3pm. You don't get to see that in other monasteries in Tibet or other parts of the world. They may have it but they don't open for public viewing like this one did. So,...More

Thank Geminican
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Visiting the Sera Monastery gives you a different perspective on life. Very calming and spiritual. No pictures allowed inside so be respectful.

Thank vesperado
Reviewed 28 November 2017

In November there were few vistors, no lines; which meant we had all the time we wanted to take in the peace and beauty of the monastery

Thank TravelWeary49
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We visited in the afternoon and were able to take in the monks' debate which was very interesting. Pretty grounds and interesting architecdture.

Thank I3455TXmaryt
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit Sera principally for the monks' debate, famous for its dramatic hand slapping. It quickly became apparent that every other tourist in Lhasa was doing the same. It was also obvious that a lot of the young monks were playing up for...More

1  Thank Indie-Brindie
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Spent a fascinating hour under the trees in the courtyard watch the many different debates. Even though the language was different it was great to watch the thought that was going into the responses and the questioning.

Thank Shaz1000
Reviewed 8 November 2017

It has many streets, many buildings and many levels with steps. This set is limed, repaired, cleaned by many volunteers who are available for these jobs. It is one of the monastery with stays, images, practices and organization of thousands of years ago. For festivals...More

Thank ref99fer
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Keep hydrated while visiting the temple as the temple is big! Not to be missed is to see the monks debating session. It will has sign not to shoot photo with DSLR around the courtyard but they are some people will ignore the sign and...More

Thank emilysookying
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