Sera Monastery， located about five kilometers north of Sera in Lhasa Uzbek mountain foothill, is one of the six main gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism temples. It is also one of the three main temples in Lhasa together with Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery with the shortest history among the three tempes. It has been listed as is a national key cultural relics protection units.
There are a large number of the rare and precious cultural relics and handicrafts inside the Sera Monastery,including Buddhist scriptures, the Buddha, multiplier, frock, yee silks, treasure, and so on that were taken back by the monk Shijiyixi from Beijing to Tibet. Among all of them, the colored silk figure which is 109 cm long and 6 cm wide, is still bright-cloured though it is features a history of 500 years.
Sera Monastery preserved tens of thousands of gold Buddha, which are mostly local production in Tibet. Besides, there are many copper Buddha from China mainland or India. Traveling here, you will also see a large number of the original color mural preserved in the palace and every Zagreb warehouse oratory, and the most famous statue is Matou Ming king statue in the hall.
There is a debate activity you can take part in during your tour there. It is about the discussion of the knowledge of Buddhism which can be a learning way to the Lamas there. Sera Monastery building, dense but not crowded, miscellaneous but not disorderly, it adjusts measures to local conditions whose subject is outstanding and embodies the gelug sect Abbey’s unique style, is a religion city completely.
Travel information: 1) Ticket price: 55 RMB/adult; 2) Opening time: 9:00 a.m.～16:00 p.m. 3) Ways to go there: take the No.16, 24, 25 city public buses to the Sera Monastery stop; 4) Playing time suggestion: 4 hours; 5) Bes time to visit: March to September. 6) Bring a flashlight when visiting the old wall paintings kept inside the main temple halls of the Sera Monastery. 7) There is a debate holding in 15:00 p.m. every day, do not miss it!