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Erdene Zuu Monastery, Mongolia
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The largest and the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, Erdene Zuu Monastery stands as an impressive World Heritage Site. Completed in 1586 by Abtain Sain Khan who embraced Buddhism as a state religion, this fortified monastery features long brick walls with 108 white stupas, a brick main temple painted white with gilded medallion ornament,s and Chinese-style tipped pavilion roofs with green tiles. Closed in 1937 and reopened as a museum in 1965, the monastery became religiously active in 1991. Watch monks performing their daily rituals and observe the panorama of the endless steppe from the monastery. Work out when and for how long to visit Erdene Zuu Monastery and other Kharkhorin attractions using our handy Kharkhorin vacation builder.
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  • We had a great guide at the museum who explained the various artifacts and answered questions about Buddhism and the history of the site. We were also able to sit and listen to the monks chant some of...  more »
  • Believed to be the oldest monastery in Mongolia, this 'jewel temple' as it was known is just outside the city of Kharkhorin. Now surrounded by a wall with white stupas embedded along its length and br...  more »
  • Many ruins of the ancient city Karakorum feel, not at this temple once how big city was. Remaining walls and no little building is the Temple of Buddha statues are impressive.
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  • Nice quiet place. One of the biggest temple still up in Mongolia. Ask about a free guided tour at the entrance.
  • Beautiful place with long and rich history.
  • Very nice place. don't forget to take a picture outside with the turtle (near the foundation of a big hall that was recently found).
  • Beautiful monastery, must visit if anywhere nearby
  • Worth visiting.