Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Amar Hiyd

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Amarbayasgalant Monastery or the "Monastery of Tranquil Felicity", is one of the three largest Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia. The monastery complex is located in the Iven Valley near the Selenge River, at the foot of Mount Büren-Khaan in Baruunbüren sum of Selenge Province in northern Mongolia. The nearest town is Erdenet which is about 60 km to the southwest.The monastery was established and funded by order of Manchu Yongzheng Emperor to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar, the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, or spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism for the Khalkha in Outer Mongolia and a spiritual mentor to both emperors' ancestor, the Kangxi Emperor. Tradition holds that while searching for an appropriate site to build the monastery, the exploratory group came across two young boys, Amur and Bayasqulangtu, playing on the steppe. They were inspired to build the monastery on that very spot and to name it after the two children, Amur-Bayasqulangtu. More likely, the location was chosen because it stood at the place where the lama’s traveling Da Khuree was encamped at the moment of the his death. Construction took place between 1727 and 1736 and Zanabazar's remains were transferred there in 1779.
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  • Amarbayasgalant Monastery is serene and lovely, well worth the difficult (bumpy 5+ hour drive from UB) to get there. As we drove the last 35 kilometers (see photo of sign), the Three Dog Night song...  more »
  • One of the few monasteries to have escaped destruction during the Russian purge the central section is well preserved. Although Chinese in style it has an unique cultural relationship with the...  more »
  • When I did the Trans-Siberian Express I also stayed for more than a week in Mongolia and the first day in this gorgeous country was a visit to this monastery. The monastery itself is quite nice, but.....  more »
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  • This is a definite must see Monastery if you come to Mongolia. About a 5 hour drive from Ulaanbataar and 35 kms up an unpaved road. The monks living in the housing to the right of the Monastery have keys and will open it up for you.
  • I have been there once. Its very attractive monestry. People should go there
  • One of the best Place on the Earth
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  • More than 20 years ago sat a lot of Skycar finally came to my guru Gurudeva temple and then hired people to chop grass, many years later re-recovery great Temple a few years later to see the Guardian Hall but many people are vulgar. I was with the Beijing Yonghegong Temple 1959 years ago admitted to the Ishi of the plum, he and the guru is Drepung monastery live in the same kangcun classmate.
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