Hardong Kangtsang


Hardong served as a residence for monks studying at Sera Je College. In the first inner chapel, look for a photo of Ekai Kawaguchi, the Japanese monk who studied here in disguise in 1901 and some of whose ashes were interred in the stupa here.

As you walk downhill, note the wonderful rock paintings depicting Jampelyang, Chenresig, Chana Dorje (Vajrapani) and Green Tara.

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1. Debating Courtyard

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There is usually monk debating here on weekday afternoons from around 3pm to 5pm, which provides a welcome relief from peering at Buddhist iconography…

2. Sera Je College

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This is the largest of Sera’s colleges, generally accessed from a western side entrance. It has a breathtaking main hall, hung with thangkas and lit by…

3. Main Assembly Hall


The main assembly hall (Tsogchen) is the largest of Sera’s buildings and dates to 1710. The central hall is particularly impressive and is noted for its…

4. Sera Ngagpa College


A Tantric college, Ngagpa is also the oldest structure at Sera. The main hall is dominated by a statue of Sakya Yeshe (wearing a black hat), behind the…

5. Kitchen

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This atmospheric monastery kitchen on the eastern side of the main assembly hall is worth a visit.

6. Thangka Wall

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Next to some rock paintings is this support wall, used to hang a giant thangka during festivals.

7. Printing Press

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Before leaving the monastery it’s worth having a look at the printing blocks in this new hall. Photos are ¥10. Prints made on site are for sale (¥25 to …

8. Sand Mandalas

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A small building to the side of the printing press holds these three sand mandalas.