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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. Plan to visit Sera Monastery during your Lhasa vacation using our convenient Lhasa travel itinerary planner.
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Look along the knotted streets of the eastern district of Lhasa for a number of welcoming guesthouses and storied hotels, close to the main Tibetan attractions around Jokhang Temple. With a little more age and character than options out west, the accommodations in this district attract seasoned travelers and cultural enthusiasts. Out to the west sit a good deal more chain hotels and towering hotel and mall complexes, offering a range of additional facilities, such as swimming pools, restaurants, and karaoke bars.
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  • Lots of climbing, take your time due to altitude, people along was very nice and helpful with guide, very religious experience  more »
  • This monastery represents the ancient university of Tibet.This monastery was the seat of higher Buddhist studies though it has lost some of its charm but it is still a place of ancient wisdom.  more »
  • This is a great place to visit if you want to see a monastery. Lots of history and an interesting place.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Drepung Monastery is the old official place, the every generation of Dalai Lama work here till war II. There is a famous and big event which called "Sho Dun Festival". Many Lama and locals will take the biggest Tangka together and put it on the mountain. Sera Monastery, "Sera" means the flower- Rose. There is a very famous and traditional activity in this temple which called "辯經", means Lama will ask about 佛經 each other!Normally there are No standard answers!
  • Nice monastery and travelers can see monks debating on buddist Philosophy. recommend to do a hiking from Sera to sera utse
  • Nice architecture building, rich Buddhism history. Arrived quite late in the afternoon, miss out on the debating monk session
  • Interesting monastery near Lhasa. Huge area with dozens of various buildings. The debate between monks must be very boring to the uninitiated._