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Sera Monastery, Lhasa

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Dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, Sera Monastery treasures frescoes, colorful statues, and scriptures written in gold powder. The monastery stands on a hill covered with wild roses. The main buildings include an assembly hall supported with more than 100 pillars, 33 dormitories organized around a central courtyard, and three colleges boasting well-preserved frescos. To visit Sera Monastery on your holiday in Lhasa, and find out what else Lhasa has to offer, use our Lhasa trip planner .
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  • We came here to visit the debating courtyard of the Sera monastery. The entrance ticket cost 50 CNY.  more »
  • The debating of monks at the courtyard was just interesting because it was something different that the first time i saw it. Because tourists can not understand what monks are talking, so people find ...  more »
  • With local tour guide we went there. The location was really amazing and the view from the Monastery was jaw dropping. Loved the short hike and view. Recommended for all class travelers.  more »
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  • A not so large monastery outside the city. It is renowned for outdoor praying and debating sessions by Tibetan monks.
  • Very nice monastery. It is a very good place to pay a visit. It is very natural place.
  • If you come to Lhasa, go out and visit the ancient monk's monastery, sit down and enjoy the sight of the old traditions that are playing just before the eyes of you. In a few years, everything can end.
  • A beautiful Monastery. We arrived at 2:55 and went straight to see the debating monks. This was fun to watch regardless of the language barrier. After visiting the debating monks our guide took us for a little tour seldom seen by others and we encounter no other tourists at all. We encountered many nomads as it is winter here. As usual the nomads all smiled and wanted pictures of my children. The nomads are such gentle people. Truly beautiful people who love children. The toilets are a bit dodgy here so please make use of toilets before you arrive.
  • Interesting monastery, the monks debate show is a cool addition
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