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Gandantegchenling Monastery, Ulaanbaatar

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Visit a revitalized and restored Tibetan-style Buddhist compound at Gandantegchenling Monastery. Home to more than 150 monks, the suburban monastery features a residential area for religious practitioners, ornate temples, teaching centers, and a 26.5 m (87 ft) copper statue of Avalokitesvara adorned with 2,286 gems and precious stones. Although the temple escaped Stalin's mass destruction of religious institutions, worship restrictions remained in place until 1990, the end of Marxism in Mongolia. Wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees during your visit. For Gandantegchenling Monastery and beyond, use our Ulaanbaatar trip generator to get the most from your Ulaanbaatar vacation.
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  • This was a pleasant location to have a wander round one afternoon during our stay in Ulaanbatar. The most interesting bit was to actually stand outside the main entrance and look out into the distance...  more »
  • Monks everywhere, young people, older adults who recite their prayers in a religious buzz or anything is allowed (visit, photograph and even do a selfie with a monk who passes by). It is a place where people come to learn from others
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  • In the heart of faith in Ulan Bator, many citizens have made pilgrimages to the still. Price list for prayer, for various kinds of finer values and was interesting. Because building a Tibetan Buddhist buildings, different atmosphere and temples of Japan, it will be interesting. Kannon statue is large and impressive.
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