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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. Make Erdene Zuu Monastery a centerpiece of your Kharkhorin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kharkhorin day trip app .
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  • One of the few monasteries of Mongolia survived destruction Russian, this complex founded in 1586 by Avtai Khan and surrounded by a wall with 108 stupe. Very beautiful and interesting buildings inside, not to be missed. It is more interesting if you visit with a guide. You have to dedicate a few hours, closing at 17.
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  • Although not easy to get to, this site is historically one of the most important sites in Mongolia, and ultimately Asia. Once The seat of Genghis Khans empire, as well as the first Buddhist monastery ...  more »
  • This is a divine place, rebuilt on top of the Karakoram ruins… or perhaps this has been the main monastery in those times? Currently the 108 stupa's remain as well as some monastery buildings and an a...  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

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