Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery
4.5
Historic SitesReligious Sites
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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BobbyGentry
Nanjing, China570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Sera Temple, one of the "great three" Gelug (yellow hat) university monasteries. Watching the monks debating was interesting.
Written 14 April 2023
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KidKodak88
Nanjing, China36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
If a monk stops by your group, ASK him questions. We were lucky but we should have asked him more questions. We were treated to an amazing debate among the monks. Such emotion and passion. We didn't understand what was happening. But we saw our new monk friend Danny! Super impressive display of shared discourse.
Written 22 December 2021
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Vita Loncar
Xi'an, China40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Sera Monastery is not big as other monasteries, but I really like it. Try to come around 5 and you will see monks during the debate! Vita
Written 9 October 2021
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taitaimimi
Beijing, China46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Temple dedicated to the children, so nice to visit with kids. The must see is the monks practicing for the exam. Great experience. One part of the monastery is under renovation and not open for visits.
Written 9 May 2021
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bmick1920
Fort Myers, FL50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Monastery is beautiful . The "debates" by the monks were the highlight, I suppose, although I had no idea what was going on, other than an overview by our guide.
Written 23 September 2020
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Icke_T70
Stuttgart, Germany34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Monastery is very beautiful. The most interesting thing was the "discussions" of the monks and the understanding of their meaning thanks to our local guide.
Written 11 August 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,849 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
In my opinion, the main activity which differentiate this monastery from the others is the daily held here where you can see lots of young Tibetan monks holding debates here. Although we can really understand them, it is still interesting to observe this tradition.
Written 30 May 2020
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Elaine H
Greenville, SC749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It was amazing! It is an actual monastery so the Monks were all around us. The interior was very interesting.
Written 9 February 2020
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Mae
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I enjoyed the arts in this monastery. Met some of the very friendly locals and heard some amazing stories
Written 3 February 2020
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BhasinRohit
New Delhi, India38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Sera Monastery is one of the most popular monasteries in Tibet that holds significant cultural and religious importance in the history of Tibet and spread and growth of Buddhism. Pro Tip: Try and visit the monastery during the period when you can witness Monks debate on religious matters
Written 2 January 2020
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