Choijin Lama Temple Museum, Ulaanbaatar

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Explore intricate carvings and elaborately decorated roofs in the heart of the city at Choijin Lama Temple Museum, a Buddhist monastery. Completed in 1908 by the Chinese and converted into a museum by the Soviets, the temple houses important Buddhist statues, including that of Sakyamuni and Choijin Lama made in the 18th century. The four-temple complex was occupied by the Mongolian Khan's brother, whose teacher was mummified and placed inside a statue here. With characteristic Chinese-style pointed roofs and one of the prayer halls in the shape of a yurt, the temple museum makes an interesting, serene escape from the city bustle. See Choijin Lama Temple Museum and all Ulaanbaatar has to offer by arranging your trip with our Ulaanbaatar online sightseeing planner .
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  • Must visit museum in Mongolia not only for its historical and aesthetic atmosphere like architecture and interiors, objects and patios inside of palace, but it is place you feel cosy and relaxed.  more »
  • This nice and quiet museum is a gem inn a quickly growing city. It gives a beutiful picture og how this city once was a different city than it is today. The contrasts to the hustle and bustle, new bul...  more »
  • If you have seen Tibetan buddhist temple icons etc then this is the same stuff - albeit of a high quality. The high Lama’s private meditation temple is full of erotic art - I wonder what he did there?...  more »
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  • Right in the heart of city, this is a perfect museum/temple to explore. It’s only a fragment of the great Khan dynasty that used to exist but it’s amazing to observe the architecture from so many different cultures that once belonged to this empire. Small entry fee and amazing costume collection also
  • The Choijin Lama Temple (Mongolian: Чойжин ламын сүм; Official name given by Manchu Qing Emperor Guangxu (1871 – 1908): Mongolian: Өршөөлийг хөгжүүлэгч сүм; English; Compassion Perfection Temple, Chinese:興仁寺) is a Buddhist monastery in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. The complex consists of six temples originally occupied by the brother of the ruler the Eighth Bogd Jetsun Dampa Khan, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, who was the state oracle and 'Precious Wisdom and Clear Devotion' Khutugtu at the time. The complex was begun in 1904 and completed in 1908, in honor of the State Oracle Lama Lubsanhaidub /Losang Kedrup/, brother of the eighth Bogd Khan.[1] The Choijin Lama Museum was originally a Buddhist temple complex, consisting of one main and five branch temples.[2] It was active until 1937, when it was closed during the height of Communist repression against Buddhism and other religious traditions.[3] In 1938 the complex was re-established as museum due to skillful efforts of wise people. This was how it was saved throughout communism
  • Magnificent temple and museum, a great example of Buddhist heritage of Mongolia. The traditional architecture and relics within make this temple worth the visit.
  • Exquisite temple in Ulaanbaatar downtown.
  • Good temple museum to visit. Worth an hour or two as it's close to the main square.
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