Gandantegchenling Monastery

Gandantegchenling Monastery, Ulaanbaatar

Gandantegchenling Monastery

Gandantegchenling Monastery
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chaletaria
London, United Kingdom514 contributions
Whole area is worth a trip
Sep 2019
This is the most important monastery in Ulaanbaatar and mostly saved from the Soviet-inspired religious purges. Worth a visit. No signs etc, so take a guide book or brush up on Tibetan Buddhism (as this is the most practised in Mongolia)
Written 25 May 2020
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John OF
The Hills Shire, Australia13 contributions
One of the most popular temples with the local people.
Jan 2020
An interesting complex in the middle of Ulaanbaatar where one is able to go upstairs and photograph the 26.5m high Buddha in the main temple for an extra fee.
Written 20 February 2020
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Global768312
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia37 contributions
Biggest Buddha Statue in Mongolia
Jan 2020
If you enjoy Buddhist Temples then this is a nice one. There is a school, office building, temple, meditation huts, and gift shops. This monastery is very pretty, it has huge prayer wheels going all around the temple. The largest statue of Buddha in all of Mongolia is there in the center of the room. If you want to take a lot of photos it will cost 11000 tughrik or 4-5 American dollars.
You can walk around and look at the pretty buildings, visit the temple and shop for prayer beads. Most of the bead bracelets or longer necklaces are semi precious stones. They will tell you what the stones mean, I bought malachite prayer bracelets for 7500 each (2.75 American), it represents good luck and good health.They have other items for sale as well for your Buddhist alter.
It is very cold in January, it would probably be better to see it in the spring or summer.
Well worth a visit if you enjoy temples.
Written 12 January 2020
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geelongexpat
Chatan-cho, Japan1,025 contributions
Beautiful Monestary
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a grand monument sitting atop a tree lined street. It’s 4000 tugrug to enter the main building. The grounds are well maintained and it was enjoyable to visit.
Written 11 January 2020
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Jessica s
Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
Yellow buddhists pinnacle
Sep 2019 • Business
It was very big monasteries in a very big wall squiare.
And they have just built new one with so sophisticated exhibitions.
The main thing i loved the most was great janraisag statue which was like biggest one i have ever seen.
Totally recommend.
Written 27 December 2019
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA262 contributions
Beautiful old Buddhist Monastery
Nov 2019
The Gandantegchinlen Monastery (Mongolian: Гандантэгчинлэн хийд, Gandantegchinlen khiid, is a Mongolian Buddhist monastery in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar that has been restored and revitalized since 1990. The monastery was initially built in 1809 and over the following years expanded. During the 1930, the Communist government of Mongolia destroyed most Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. In 1938 the facility was completely closed down. However it was allowed to reopen in 1944 but under strict rules. With the end of Communism in Mongolia in 1990, restrictions on worship were lifted. Since 1992, the Supreme Leader of the Centre of All Mongolian Buddhists and Abbot of Gandantegchinlen Monastery has been Lama Gabju Choijamts Demberel who resides at the monastery with approximately 150 monks. The monastery features a 26.5-meter-high statue of Avalokiteśvara. (It is the tallest indoor statue in the world).The statue is encrusted with 2,286 precious stones and is gilded with gold leaf. The original statue was dismantled by Russian military forces in 1938..The new statue was built In 1996. Additional buildings in the complex contain a large Buddhist library, monk's quarters, religious schools and the wishing tree. The entire complex came under Mongolian state protection in 1994. The monastery is a very peaceful place with monks chanting and the sounds of spinning prayer wheels, However the entire complex is old and starting to show it age. Restoration is definitely needed. There is an entry fee and an additional fee if you want to take photo of the facility. As you enter the complex, be advised that you will be mobbed by baggers, tour operators, and pickpockets. Watch your personal items. The facility is well worth the visit, just to have a look at a unique monastery and to have an insight into Mongolian Buddhism.. Recommend 1 hour to wander around and enjoy the sites. Hours of operation: 0900 - 1500 daily. Taking photographs in the main temple requires the payment of ₮5000 ($ 1.85 USA) but no photos are allowed in the temples when monks are performing ceremonies. Entrance fee: ₮3500 ($1.29 US).
Written 4 December 2019
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Sworn2Fun
Los Angeles97 contributions
Beautiful Buddhist monastery, well worth a visit
Sep 2019
Stunning monastery with a courtyard filled with prayer bells. You can watch services here - no photography in the service. You CAN photograph the towering Buddha in the main temple. Just overall a serene and beautiful experience in bustling UB.
Written 13 November 2019
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Jaemin K
Seoul, South Korea11 contributions
A big monastery
Nov 2019
Not many things to do here. But the biggest Buddha statue was interesting. To take picture is not allowed inside.
Written 10 November 2019
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Martin
2 contributions
Amazing place to visit
Sep 2019
It is a buddhist center for locals, surrounded by ger districts; very local attraction to visit. Enjoyed hiking around.
Written 28 October 2019
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Hai N
Melbourne, Australia156 contributions
Absolutely Fabulous
Aug 2019
This is a wonderful temple in a complex of a few temple of Tibetan Buddhist. Inside, there is a huge wooden statue of Buddha. I think it is a biggest in the world.
Written 25 October 2019
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