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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 yesterday

This is the home of the "debating monks" who argue philosophical issues with one another in a formalized, yet raucous manner. Lots of hand smacking and some yelling as 500 monks pair off to debate. The grounds are huge, with a history of 5000 monks...More

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Reviewed yesterday

compared to the other monasteries, like Dupong and Jokhang Temple, this Sear Monatery is not as impressive and also not as greatly maintained.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You really can’t see much of the monastery. But, if you go there in the afternoon you can witness their philosophical discussions, which are performed in a strange ritual of ask and answer punctuated by a hand clap.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We can not say any words when we see the discussion among the Monks. They try to persuade other by words, by actions, by the sound of hand clapping. So suprised.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this very active, historical monastery. It is a very large facility where monks live today and continue their training. Our walk through the monastery was very interesting including getting up closer and personal with two yaks that hang out there. Only complaint...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sera Monastery is one of the largest of the Gelugpa sect. The name means wild rose garden. The monastery was named for the wild roses that grew all around the site centuries ago. At its peak it was home to over 7,000monks. Both monks...More

Thank Judi L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The highlight of this visit was watching the monks debate Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. They were very animated and loud in their debates to say the least and even got physical

Thank Helene H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The debating monks are fun to watch and they are obviously enjoying themselves. It is an good to see this old tradition being continued today but it is clearly arranged as a tourist attraction as it happens at 3pm every day in a courtyard with...More

Thank Wendy M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monk debates are awesome! You are definitely going to want to spend an afternoon watching the 100 or so monks debate in the courtyard of Sera Monastery. This is one of the most culturally interesting things you can see in your stay in Lhasa....More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

What an experience. Watching the monks debating in the garden was a highlight of the trip. Not something you see every day, but if you can, definitely do it.

Thank Bernice H
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