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“Debating Monks”
Review of Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery
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US$170.00*
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Day Tour: Tibet Drepung and Sera Monasteries
Ranked #3 of 89 things to do in Lhasa
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Debating Monks”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Watching the young monks/students debating one another was a sight to behold. The heavy police presence (gates, metal detectors, etc.) stood in stark contrast to the saffron-robed yound monks.

Visited August 2013
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“A place of learning”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

It was very interesting to see the monks debating and scoring points. The number of monks has diminished but not their enthusiasm.

Visited May 2014
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“lots of history”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The monastery was old and we were able to see the monks having a debate in the courtyard. It was a wonderful experience.

Visited April 2014
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“Seeing The Monks Debating Makes The Visit Worthwhile”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

One of the "big 3" Gelugpa (yellow sect) University Monasteries in Lhasa, this 14th century monastery is the second largest in Tibet. To make the visit worthwhile & meaningful, it is suggested that you to take a Tibetan guide to explain the in & outs of the monastery and its history (including the chapels & the many statues). The highlight of the visit to the monastery is watching the "scripture debates" conducted by the monks - fascinating. It starts around 3pm and makes the visit even more worthwhile. The sand mandalas are another attraction worth seeing.

Visited April 2014
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“Monastery with monks debating”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Sera Monastery was founded by Jamchen Choje Shakya Yesh in 1419. It has 1 assembly hall, 3 colleges, 33 houses and covers an area of 114964 sq metres, and is the second biggest monastery of Tibet.

I reckon u need a guide to explain to you what is going in there, if not you will be just be visiting any other temples/monastery in Lhasa. Good to visit since you are acclimatizing in Lhasa.
Ticket price is 50 RMB.

There's a debating session at 3pm, which i reckon no other tourists would understand as they are "debating" over in small groups and unknown topics. Good to see, but after a few pictures and minutes, i guess you can move on.

Visited April 2014
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