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Address: Wuze Hill , Sera, Lhasa, China
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Built in 1419 by a pupil of Tsongkhapa, this is one of the three greatest...

Built in 1419 by a pupil of Tsongkhapa, this is one of the three greatest monasteries in Lhasa, which holds the grand Sera Bungchen, an annual festival that attracts Buddhists from all over the world.

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another stunning monastery

yet another breath taking monastery. this is another place with so much history behind it. the buddha's that are ijn there are so big and there are so many diffeent ones to look... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

yet another breath taking monastery. this is another place with so much history behind it. the buddha's that are ijn there are so big and there are so many diffeent ones to look at. just sorry i didn't spend more time there

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have time to visit only one monastery in Lhasa and are debating between Sera and Drepung, I would be hard-pressed to make a choice. Although Drepung is in a nicer setting, the live “Buddhism Scriptures Debating" found at Sera is truly a must-see event.

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Yancheng, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is okay. Easy to visit and many restaurants out side it. Only thing interesting or unique was the debate of monks. That is nice to watch. Though you understand nothing, it is interesting to see. Visit if you have time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Don't miss the monks debates in the courtyard in the afternoon, it was captivating and fascinating to watch as they become very animated with each other while they are "sparring" intellectually.....They are the heartbeat of Tibet and are highly respected and passionate about their country.....

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

It's not very far to drive to Sera Monastery from Lhasa and the scenery is interesting along the way. Leaving Lhasa you see all the new development, housing,schools etc which are being built along with huge (unsightly) hotel/conference centre on the outskirts of Lhasa... The Monastery is quite large and contains many interesting Buddhist icons and statues, monks sitting quietly,... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

An easy-to-visit monastery in Lhasa, this industrious place is on the side of a hill, but it's an easy slope - considering the altitude - and there are some spectacular mandalas here too. The debating monks are interesting to watch, and you are cautioned not to imitate them or photograph them except with cellphones (so they seem to have given... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

If you have seen the other monasteries and don't stay for the 3pm debating monks, don't bother going. All the monasteries are built on the same structure and Sera has few precious artefacts compared to Drepung and Potala. Go to Sera first, Drepung second, Potala third and Jokang last. That way, Sera can introduce you to monasteries and keep your... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

There is so much regulation limiting the number of new monks that you can tell that it is a shadow of what it was in the past. Having said that, it is still active and you do get a sense for the life in the monastery. If you are there at 3:00pm, you get a chance to witness live instruction... More 

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Monza, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Great place to discover most of the tibetan tradition, watching monks discussing important matters and roaming around a beautiful little village around

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Visited the mink debating hall and enjoyed the experience. Novice monks standing and debating with their spiritual teachers sitting beside them. It becomes a carcophany of voices and expressions and clapping of their hand to make their point and demonstrate their knowledge. No cameras other than cell phones allowed. 70 monks currently in residence. Cannot imagine the experience when 5000... More 

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