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Erdene Zuu Monastery, Mongolia

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#4 of 9 in Historic Sites in Mongolia
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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  • September 24, 2017
    Founded in 1586, was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, was practically destroyed in 1937, as most other houses of worship, under Communist oppression; reopened in 1965 as it went back to being a place of worship in 1990. The walls are interspersed with 108 stupas, within various religious buildings, in one of these we could attend the prayers of the monks. There is also a small Museum (with Wi-Fi!), bar and bathrooms.
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  • September 22, 2017
    This is a wonderful outing but make no mistake full of adventurous driving for long periods. Very nice views on the way as well as when you get there. Be sure to keep a few days aside for this trip an...  more »
  • August 29, 2017
    Erdene Zuu Monastery is about two miles from the ancienty city of Kharakhorum. They old city’s significance has to do with it being the old capital in the early times. Erdene Zuu is a world heritage s...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    Historical heart of Mongolians. Former Capital of the Greatest and Largest Empire.
  • January 30, 2017
    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.
  • March 26, 2017
    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
  • January 5, 2017
    Bring a guide. Lots to learn here. If you like vengeful gods, some great paintings and statues.
  • January 10, 2017
    It's a smart art collection more than a buddist temple

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