Morning visits 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 completion, the monastery had attracted a population of some 2000 monks. In 1530 the second Dalai lama established the Gaden Palace, the palace was home to the Dalai lamas until the fifth built the Potala Palace. Drepung monastery was from here that the early Dalai lamas exercised their political and religious control over central Tibet, and the second, third and fourth Dalai lamas entombed here.
Afternoon 3 pm visit the Sera monastery
The Sera Monastery is located 2 kilometers north of Lhasa, at the foot of Tutipu Hill, located 2 kilometers north of Lhasa. It is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. 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 is listed as one of the Chinese national cultural relics since 1982. The monastery was named Sera, which means 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 was founded by Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa’s disciples who 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.