Welcome to Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery was one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries, second only to Drepung. Its once-huge population of around 5000 monks has now been reduced by 90% and building repairs are still continuing. Nevertheless, the monastery is worth a visit, particularly in the morning when the chapels are at their most active, but also between 3pm and 5pm (not Sunday), when debating is usually held in the monastery’s debating courtyard. Chapels start to close at 3pm, so it makes sense to see the monastery chapels before heading to the debating.