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Sera Monastery

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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...more
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Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got to see the monks debating which is very interesting and fun to witness. This is an iconic monastery to visit with everything you would expect to see. Best to get there early to avoid the crowds.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DQShaw
Reviewed January 12, 2019

visited in time to see monks debating. very dynamic and great fun to watch.not put on for the tourists but a genuine interaction between monks. highly recommended

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank duncronald
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Our group visited this place on our first day in Lhasa. Lots to explore in the monastery. The monks sell yak products as well as souvenirs. The highlight is to watch the monks “debate” each other. To me it looked more like an question and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SenatorJerome
Reviewed December 2, 2018

Perhaps it was the wrong time of the day to visit - we had to wait for 1 1/2 hours to enter due to a performance show which was a must to see. Buildings are the same of you visit temples and pagodas for 2...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FranzH408
Reviewed November 28, 2018

A very nice, open monastery complex, well maintained in traditional style. Intresting to see monks wandering around in traditional garments using modern iphones! The temples are similar to others but nonetheless very interesting to see and experience. Most of the buildings are closed off as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

This place may not be on some of the Tibet tour's agenda, but I think it is a hidden jew in Lhasa. You will learn/see something very interesting and most importantly it is something you can related to... By related to I mean piece of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

Besides the extraordinary indoor architecture of the Sera Monastery, you must attend the daily debate of the 80 monks in the enclosed courtyard, you sit around the courtyard. Make sure your guide explains the century-old protocol of the discussion so that you understand what goes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

The monk debate was the most interesting part of this visit. Our guide explained the process, and we watched for about 20 minutes.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank travelmaven_7
Reviewed November 5, 2018

A huge, very important monastery on the outskirts of Lhasa. Allow pleanty of time for this fabulous structure. Try to get there in the afternoon - strating a 3 pm is the debating round in the courtyard. Absolutely fascinating!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank UrsulaHans
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Lots of construction. A bit dusty. A few areas were closed when we were there. The debating monks tends to be the highlight, but it seemed to me to be more for show. It feels a bit more like a "tourist attraction" than an actual...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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