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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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  • August 17, 2017
    Smaller monastery but more authentic I do not think the debute is only for the tourists, few days lated I read an article in a local newspaper about this tradition  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This temple nothing much to see. But the most special is the debate show among the monks at the certain time. The other specialty is that a buddha with the head lean to the left hand side because she/...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The monastery was founded at the beginning of the 15th Century. There's an Assembly Hall, three colleges and thirty three houses. Watch out for the debating monks in the afternoon. Some people comment...  more »
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  • January 31, 2017
    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.
  • March 17, 2017
    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!
  • February 19, 2017
    Nice monastery and travelers can see monks debating on buddist Philosophy. recommend to do a hiking from Sera to sera utse
  • May 3, 2017
    Nice architecture building, rich Buddhism history. Arrived quite late in the afternoon, miss out on the debating monk session
  • September 21, 2016
    Interesting monastery near Lhasa. Huge area with dozens of various buildings. The debate between monks must be very boring to the uninitiated._

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