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Address: Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Sera Monastery (founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe,...

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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Buddhist Debate, very nice!

Sera Monaster is one of the major monasteries in Lhasa. It locates in the north of the city. I took the bus there and get a chance to see their Buddhist Debate. It is a daily... read more

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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sera Monaster is one of the major monasteries in Lhasa. It locates in the north of the city. I took the bus there and get a chance to see their Buddhist Debate. It is a daily routine for the monk students here. Everyday in the afternoon by 3 oclock, several dozens of monks will gather by the small yard and... More 

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Lhasa, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I was growing up in Tibet, I want to become a monk at the Sera and visited it whenever I came to Lhasa from my village. After several times, an elder monk kept me as a student for a year and had a chance to study. During that time, I had my first encored with visitors, including from America.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

It´s located so close to the center of Lhasa that it´s worth visiting. It´s dedicated to the branch of the tibetan buddhism Gelugpa and due to the importance of its religion, its considered a very important studies center.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Debates start everyday at 3pm - amazing to watch and even more so if you have a good guide to explain the tradition to you! The monastery halls here are very beautiful and grand too, and there are some tiny meditation houses about a four or five hour hike up the mountain - if you're on a private tour maybe... More 

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TibetCtripTravelTony, Guest Relations Manager at Sera Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing the travel experiences in Sera Monastery and it surely helps future travelers. By the way on Sunday there is no debating activities and it is suggested to visit it from Monday to Saturday-Tony from Tibet Ctrip Travel Service. More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Interesting experience visiting this monastery. Primitive, ancient, smells of raw sewage in many locations, I guess very primitive. Interesting seeing the Monks debating.

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TibetCtripTravelTony, Guest Relations Manager at Sera Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for sharing your experience which will be helpful for future travelers. It is highly appreciated and thank you for recommendation. Tony from Tibet Ctrip Travel Service. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

The monestary was so calming and beautiful with lovely prayers in the background. We felt total peacefulness. Need to be physically fit but well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is an interesting and somewhat different monastery experience. They have some incredible mandalas and you can also witness the question and answer session of the monks on certain afternoons, quite an experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

When we think to go to Tibet, we are seeking for a mysterious, magic and fantastic - almost unreal - place. While the big and modern city of Lhasa has been modified by external influence and commerce, it still keeps some wonderful sites worth to visit. One of them is, of course, Sera Monastery; a place where we, strangers, can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Located in the Northeast of Lhasa, Sera is certainly worth a visit for the Buddhist imagery but also for the mandalas and printing operation (if you are interested or read Tibetan you can purchase some texts) - both are located halfway up the long central path on the left side in inconspicuous buildings. The real star of the visit is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Of the many Monasteries in Lhasa this is an important one to see. No photos allowed inside. you must see the assembly hall for yourself. December is a good time to visit. Fine weather, little chance of rain, few tourists, and many pilgrims are down from the mountains. Some have never seen a Westerner and ask for a photo WOW!

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TibetCtripTravelTony, Guest Relations Manager at Sera Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your travel experience at Sera Monastery. And right in lower season it is less touristy in whole Tibet and it is good to come here for a visit. Your experience will be helpful for future travelers. Tony from Tibet Ctrip Travel Service. More 

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