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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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  • Debates start everyday at 3pm - amazing to watch and even more so if you have a good guide to explain the tradition to you! The monastery halls here are very beautiful and grand too, and there are som...  more »
  • Interesting experience visiting this monastery. Primitive, ancient, smells of raw sewage in many locations, I guess very primitive. Interesting seeing the Monks debating. 
  • The monestary was so calming and beautiful with lovely prayers in the background. We felt total peacefulness. Need to be physically fit but well worth a visit. 
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  • Interesting monastery near Lhasa. Huge area with dozens of various buildings. The debate between monks must be very boring to the uninitiated._
  • Strongly recommended. Good to see the monks debating in the afternoon. If you are visiting the monastery go there in the afternoon.
  • Monks debate clapping their hands, not caring tourists. Such lively Tibetans are hardly seen anywhere else in Tibet. Check schedule and do not miss the debating.
  • This is a terminus and easy to reach by local bus. Fare is cheap.
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