Drepung & Sera day Trip

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Day trip to Drepung monastery and Sera monastery

Morning visit the Drepung monastery.  Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by a charismatic monk and disciple of Tsongkhapa called Jamyang Choji.  Within just a year of the cpmpletion the monastery had attracted a population of some 2000 monks.  In 1530 the second Dalai lama established the Gaden Palace, the palace that was home to the Dalai lamas until the fifth built the Potala palace.  It was from here that the early Dalai lamas exercised their political as well as religious control over central Tibet, and the second, third and fourth Dalai lamas are entombed here.

Afternoon 3pm visit the Sera monastery

The Sera Monastery at the foot of Tutipu Hill is located 2 kilometers northern of Lhasa. It is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet together with Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery. Sera Monastery is also one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Buddhism in Tibet. Sera monastery has been listed as one of the Chinese national cultural relic since 1982. The monastery was named Sera which mean wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. The Sera monastery is  founded by Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa’s disciples built the monastery in 1419. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters. As a complex of structures, it housed several institutions in its precincts. The structures of notability were the Coqen Hall Tsokchen (Great Assembly Hall), the three colleges and Kamcun (dormitory) also called Homdong Kangtsang. Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries.

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