Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin

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#4 of 18 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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  • This is a big site. Very attractive and authentic Buddhist site. Around 400km from Ulan Bataar meaning a good few hours on the road so leave early and stay locally. Photographers should know almost al...  more »
  • The church of the Nile called the Temple of Light, it is an important view of the buttle about one day in the Ukraine and the Buddhist Holy Land, where the temple is large, 礡, the historical artifacts, the delicate 膩, and the ancient Buddhist stories and legends!
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  • Very interesti g place but it's close on Santurdays. Anyway you can visit some parts of it. You can go their by bus, no need a guide tour. You can read more about our experience around Mongolia travel...  more »
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  • I went to Mongolia for two weeks and I just had to visit this place karakourum the ancient capital of Mongolia peaceful beautiful amazing and you could just feel the history flowing through..
  • A must visit. The monastery was mostly destroyed during the Communist purge but the main building, converted now into a museum contains beautiful Buddhist paintings and statues. It's worth getting a guide.
  • cool place
  • 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.
  • Historical heart of Mongolians. Former Capital of the Greatest and Largest Empire.
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