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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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  • The area of the temple complex occupies about 20 hectares and enclosed by a wall with 108-w suburganami (stupas). It is said that during the construction of the stupa of awakening it laid more than 100 thousand Burkhanov, more than 2.500 thousand small stupas-swell and other objects of Buddhist worship, as well as the ashes of the founder monastery-Abataj-Khan. Stupa-monumental! The only active Temple on territory of Erdene zuu monastery-Labrang.
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  • 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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  • 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.