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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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  • One of the few remaining temples after the religious purge of the Communists in the 1930s. Extremely well preserved and fascinating to visit.  more »
  • you will not see the ancient capital of great Mongol empire, but you will see the once biggest monastery in Mongolia, Erdene zuu. built from the ruins of ancient capital. surrounding 108 stupas are im...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Historical heart of Mongolians. Former Capital of the Greatest and Largest Empire.
  • Quite place ideally for meditation. If you are lucky enough you will see a service run by kids. You can climb on the neighbouring hill and take awesome photos of the valley.
  • Worth the visit! Had a wonderful derail guide and the exhibits are very interesting and helpful to understand the history and the great religious and commercial importance of Karkhorum
  • Bring a guide. Lots to learn here. If you like vengeful gods, some great paintings and statues.
  • It's a smart art collection more than a buddist temple