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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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  • My friends and I visited this monastery because their biggest attraction was the debating monks, which I found pretty staged and boring. However, I loved everything else, from the flowers, trees, vibr...  more »
  • 5 kms north of Lhasa . Public transportation runs throughout the day time . I would recommend to be there around 1:30 pm in the afternoon as the monks debate is the highlight of the monastery with pri...  more »
  • Well our guide told us that it was extraordinary, discussions among monks, although in reality it is as if were giving the lesson, the truth that seems a little show for tourists
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  • 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.
  • 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

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