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Sera Monastery

Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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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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Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here only briefly, but there's a beautiful, tree-lined main alley leading up to the top and the temple buildings. We got here a little late, but there were monks chanting for a while, which then led to monks debating (which of course, we...More

Thank ninska_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

The name Sera is becasue "Sera" trees used to grow in this area. Home to about 500 monks and Sera is one of the three great monasteries in the area. In the courtyard you will find debating monks in pairs taking each other on phylosophical...More

Thank DPKW007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

didn't quite see monks debate the day we went. a lot of prayer chanting while my camera captured many of them weren't very focused. the wheel of life was a highlight of the visit, and our guide explained that in great detail.

Thank Joseph G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

there it was a not so large space, then all the monks came in, it became interesting, I wonder what they are saying, what was the questions and what was the answer, were they teaching each other the same same as us Buddhist from Thailand...More

Thank DrWoofiez P R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The monks debating there is a sight to behold. They do it twice a day and with gusto. A truly grand monastery!

Thank jan v
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth visiting, make sure you go when monks debate in afternoon, always debate at same time and is a sight worth seeing

Thank Sammy S
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Amazing experience. Very medieval. You must see the monks debating. Quite extraordinary. Great way to spend the morning. Well maintained and at the entrance there are nice restaurants to stop and have lunch. Very impresssive architecture and history. Again - you cannot visit Lhasa and...More

Thank JCTaylor123456789
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Small monastery compared to others but the afternoon debating sessions held by the monks are a unique experience. Some relish the audience & play up to the crowd, others seem distraught if they get an answer wrong. No debates on Sundays

Thank GayleUK
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We came here on a Friday afternoon and the debate was around half past 3. It was interesting and impressed us a lot. Our children liked to see it. It take about 2 hours, remember to take passports etc if you come here by yourself....More

Thank optenlankas
Reviewed 4 September 2017

a must during the Lhasa visit. so inspering and powerfull. the monks are so into it - it is exciting

Thank AnatHadash
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