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Sera Monastery

Lhasa, Tibet

Arranged at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, Sera Monastery is one of three well known houses in the city close by the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. It is given to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, set up by Tsong Khapa. The cloister was named Sera which implies wild rose in the Tibetan dialect, on the grounds that the slope behind it was secured with wild roses in blossom when it was assembled. The cloister is sublime and covers a range of 114,946 square meters (28 sections of land). Its fundamental structures are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (school) and Kamcun (residence).

Best time to visit: 09:00 to 16:00

Highlights: • Coqen Hall • Zhacang • Kamcun • Sera Bengqin Festival • Debating of Buddhist Doctrines

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