Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharkhorin

4.5
#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 .
Create an itinerary including Erdene Zuu Monastery
map
Places to stay near Erdene Zuu Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
72 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • 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.
    View original
  • 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 »
Google
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Kharkhorin

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Erdene Zuu Monastery by other users

6 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM MONGOLIA April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM CANADA April, outdoors, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 14 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM MONGOLIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Mongolia BY A USER FROM THAILAND July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans