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Address: Wuze Hill , Sera, Lhasa, China
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09:00 - 16:00
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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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Kailash pilgrimage

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

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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Slatington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an interesting and somewhat different monastery experience. They have some incredible mandalas and you can also witness the question and answer session of the monks on certain afternoons, quite an experience.

Thank Suet910
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we think to go to Tibet, we are seeking for a mysterious, magic and fantastic - almost unreal - place. While the big and modern city of Lhasa has been modified by external influence and commerce, it still keeps some wonderful sites worth to visit. One of them is, of course, Sera Monastery; a place where we, strangers, can... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the Northeast of Lhasa, Sera is certainly worth a visit for the Buddhist imagery but also for the mandalas and printing operation (if you are interested or read Tibetan you can purchase some texts) - both are located halfway up the long central path on the left side in inconspicuous buildings. The real star of the visit is... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of the many Monasteries in Lhasa this is an important one to see. No photos allowed inside. you must see the assembly hall for yourself. December is a good time to visit. Fine weather, little chance of rain, few tourists, and many pilgrims are down from the mountains. Some have never seen a Westerner and ask for a photo WOW!

Thank RoyCupples
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We got there just before the novice monks began arguing. Interesting. Beautiful halls and artwork. Worth seeing.

Thank namaste859
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful to actually get the opportunity to see & hear the monks praying. No photos allowed inside unfortunately but a great experience.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

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 24 November 2016

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.

Thank Henry K
Yancheng, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

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.

Thank ghkulkarni

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