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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 6 days ago

Smaller monastery but more authentic I do not think the debute is only for the tourists, few days lated I read an article in a local newspaper about this tradition

Thank armida907
Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple nothing much to see. But the most special is the debate show among the monks at the certain time. The other specialty is that a buddha with the head lean to the left hand side because she/he wants to listen to the debating...More

Thank hweeying
Reviewed 1 week ago

The monastery was founded at the beginning of the 15th Century. There's an Assembly Hall, three colleges and thirty three houses. Watch out for the debating monks in the afternoon. Some people commented that the debating seemed a bit artificial but we did not get...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must to visit while in Lhasa, especially to see the daily monk debates (avoid Sunday's as it's a holiday)

Thank Anonymech
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The monastery is touristy and the debate in the garden, anything but authentic. Was expecting some kind of dialogue or discussion audible to spectators but only got to see exaggerated hand gestures and clapping of hands as pairs of monks appear to be in the...More

Thank kofe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

take your cell phone (no cameras allowed) to document the monks debating - fascinating experience to behold!

Thank MookieHouston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice monastery, but the best part is the monks' discussion. Very interesting and worthy to experience.

Thank Juliana_China
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another must see Monastery in Tibet. We were able to watch the Monks in their debating activity. An interesting culture that is so intellectual and humble at the same time.

Thank Rachbell78
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a mystical place, it has to be visited but beware of large crowds. If you get there at the right time you can see monks debating and teaching each other philosophical points.

Thank Ed_Marquez
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Another temple to look at during your tour with lots more of dogs running around to play with. This has some nice walks and views of the city.

Thank Scott8446
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