Sera Monastery is one of the six main temples of Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also one of the three temples in Lhasa combined with Drepung Monastery and Gandan monastery.
Located the foot of Sera Wuzi Mountain, 3 kilometers from north suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is surrounded by forest of willow and small temples, where eminent monks and Living Buddhas expound the texts of Buddhism here since ancient times.
|Major architectures:||The Tsochin Hall (Cuo Qin Da Dian): The Tsochin Hall is the largest hall in this monastery, and is also the administration center of religious affairs. It is located northeast of Sera Monastery with four floors consists of the square in front of the Tsochin Hall, scripture hall and five Buddhist halls. The square is covered with stones and covers an area of about 2,000 square meters. There are 89 long square columns and 36 short columns totally covers an area of 2,000 square meters.
Ji Dratsang (Dratsang: a kind of school in Buddhism): Ji Dratsang is the largest Buddhist College in Sera Monastery. It covers an area of 1,702 square meters. There are four floors in the Dratsang, and 100 columns in its scripture hall. And in the scripture hall is hanging Thangkas, canopies and curtains. In addition, there are many stupas and statues.
Mai Dratsang: Mai Dratsang is one of the earliest architectures in Sera Monastery. It was built in 1419 by Shijia Yeshi, the founder of Sera Monastery. This Dratsang covers an area of 1,620 square meters and there are eight long columns and 62 short columns in scripture hall. It was mainly used to consecrate Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.
|What to See/Do:||In Sera Monastery, you can see plenty of historical figures of Buddha, Thangkas, Buddhist scriptures, Buddhist musical instruments and consecrate wares and more. All of them are especially precious; some of them were from Indian and emperors of Ming Dynasty. Buddhist scripture debate is a kind of learning method for Lamas. They hold a debate everyday to learn Buddhist knowledge. This is the most wonderful activity in Sera Monastery.|
|Duration:||3 – 4 hours|
|Admission:||50RMB from Apr 21 to Oct 19; 25RMB from Oct 20 to Apr 20|
|Address:||No.1, SelaLu, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region.|
|Opening time:||The Monastery opens from 07:00 to 17:00.|
|Public transport:||Take bus No. 6, 16 or 24, get off at Selasi stop.|