Introduction to Sera Monastery (色拉寺)
Sera Monastery is one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet, located 1.25 miles north of Lhasa. The other two are Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery. The origin of the name "Sera" is attributed to a fact that the site where the monastery was built was surrounded by wild roses in bloom. As to the history of sera monastery, it is recorded that the original sera monastery is located in Lhasa, Tibet, about 5 kilometres north of the Jokang and is responsible for some 19 hermitages, including four nunneries, which are all located in the foot hills north of Lhasa. The Sera Monastery, as a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang, a disciple of Tsongkhapa.
No.1 Sera Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa
Admission Fee: 50 Yuan
Opening Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Murals and Sculptures, Shrines, Buddha Halls
1. The best way months to visit Sera Monastery are June, July and August.
2. Always remember to walk in clockwise direction when touring Sera Monastery.
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