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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  • September 29, 2017
    The temples are all a bit drab on the outside; some external maintenance is required, but inside are very spectacular and well illuminated. The admission fee is rather high at 8,000 T, and although th...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    This is a must visit place in Ulanbataar and I strongly recommend every visitor to see it to get a glimpse of Mongolian culture and art. Amazing collection of paintings as well.  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    It is a few minutes ' walk from Genghis Khan Square (practically alongside the modern sail-like glass that can be seen from the square). It is composed of different buildings. Honestly I did not understand if it is still a monastery or if it is now only a museum. Photo surcharge.
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  • July 17, 2017
    Amazing ancient place along skyscrapers. Definitely worth to see.
  • June 14, 2017
    Great ancient place, although i dunno who gives permissions to these skyscrapers, but they are ruining the surroundings so much. Btw entry is not free! Adult: 6000 mnt Student: 3000 mnt Photography: 30000 mnt for 30min
  • April 29, 2017
    Temple is located just behind the main square. There are around 5 smaler temples on the territory of the museum. It doesn't take long to check everything there. Also, get into gifts shop - they have some good handmade stuff.
  • March 18, 2017
    Beautiful palace, traditional buddiest temple, nice architecture
  • August 20, 2016
    Very peaceful place in the middle of a very busy city. Several temples to visit. The lady in the gift shop is very knowledgeable and has excellent English. Yes she will try to sell you stuff, but not at all pushy. Large selection of literature on Mongolian culture and history.

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