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Sera Monastery: Tours & Tickets

Closes in 16 min: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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...more
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Wuze Hill , Sera | Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Observing the monks debate the daily lesson is spell bounding as it is so different from what most usually experience. You see the monks striking one hand down on another to ward off ignorance, various levels of intensity and, if you stay long enough /...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very live and vibrant, lots to see, try to attend part of the chanting service ans watch the monks in groups.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Será monastery is only seven kilometers from center of Lhasa. Unique and very nice monastery. Young monarch every day have special ritual. Lovely

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful Monastery with a very warm feeling to it. Beautiful grounds too. We visited in October & was not too crowded. Very picturesque.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the Sera monastery is not one of the more attractive monasteries, a visit on a day when a so-called debate is taking place in well worth the trip. I wouldn't call the activity a debate, as such; it looked more like a quizzing by...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 8 October 2019 via mobile

Interesting monastery to see. Large area and pleasant walk if the weather is good. At certain time (for us was around 15:00) all the Buddhism students are getting together for a debating class in a countryyard.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 7 October 2019 via mobile

This visit was ok but not spectacular. The debating monks were nice to watch and the big assembly hall is beautiful

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 7 October 2019

Used to produce thousands of monks for this world, not anymore. A must visit monastery in Lhasa city to understand the history.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sridhar V
Reviewed 3 October 2019

Sera Monastery has an Assembly Hall, 3 colleges and 33 houses. It is the second largest monastery in Tibet. Another no photo place inside this monastery however it is nowhere near as spectacular as the others we have visited so that was OK. However Sera...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 28 September 2019 via mobile

A Nice monastery in Lhasa. Not too far from the city. Architecture was nice and a lot of history to take in. When we went, there were not too many tourists.. which was great for us. One of the main attractions at the monastery is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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