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Address: Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Sera Monastery (founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe,...

The Sera Monastery (founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe, disciple of Tsongkhapa) is just located at the foot of Tatipu Hill,located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang and it is about 6 km to the northeast direction of Potala Palace. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of” Monks Debate” which happens in afternoon from Monday to Saturday. This is one highlight attraction for travel in Lhasa Tibet.

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Interesting Sera Monastery

Very interesting Monastery, it is the place were the monks live and learn about Budda. It was one of the most memorable experiences in Tibet, well known for its monk debate. Walk... read more

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting Monastery, it is the place were the monks live and learn about Budda. It was one of the most memorable experiences in Tibet, well known for its monk debate. Walk around monastery is interesting!!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots going on with about 600 monks in residence Used to be 5000 or 6000? The daily monks debate is worth a watch but not for long unless you speak the language Much enthusiastic clapping Some fantastic sand displays 10 Yuan to photograph

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very very beautiful specially all around monastery path. The view from outside monastery is breathtaking also inside very beautiful. Some cultural activity with history will definitely make your day memorable if you are traveling this place.

Thank asifahamad
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sera Monastery was my favourite. Not busy as it is located outside Lhasa. Monks debate was amazing and interesting to watch! A must visit!

Thank aniram_etiel
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Comparing to Drepung Monastery this place is just an "attraction of debating monks" for tourist groups. Most guides will organize the visit just on time to see them in action. Just a funny thing. I prefer to see more from the beauty of the place. So in case you are ready to explore a bit of the mountain turn left... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a while on the tour, all monasteries begin to look very similar and can get repetitive. However, the best part of this monastery is the monks debating and this only happens Monday to Friday, in the afternoons starting at 2:30PM. It is quite an impressive and interesting sight. I would not miss it. You can take great videos and... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The main highlight and attraction to this is the debating Monks. Our guide also explained to us a very interesting painting inside the temple about Heaven and Hell and Buddhist beliefs on the same. Some very interesting stories and ideologies of Buddhism that I was unaware of and not heard of before.

Thank Monalisa777
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very special place that you get to see monk debating about their philosophical study ,also you will see their assembly hall, their dorm and beautiful wall & building structure .

Thank Shiew Chin L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sera Monastery is very beautiful as you can see roses everywhere. The most interesting thing is the monks' debate. It starts from 3-5p.m. on Monday to Saturday. I know foreigners couldn't understand, but it's still attractive.

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This monastery has a lot to offer, including a beautiful setting, a fantastic view and some very interesting chapels. However, what stands out above all is the debates that take place each afternoon. Particularly striking is the fact they clap their hands as they complete delivery of each of their arguments, which makes watching them a very surreal and involving... More 

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