Manzshir Monastery, Ulaanbaatar

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#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Ulaanbaatar
With the backdrop of granite boulders and surrounded by trees of Siberian larch, Manzshir Monastery features remains of an 18th-century Buddhist structure demolished by communists in 1937. Scattered over the mountain slope, the remains include 17 buildings, some cave paintings, and carvings that survived the destruction. On old photographs, displayed in a restored building, you can see how the place looked before it was ruined. The reconstructed main temple serves as a museum, while the surrounding area offers hiking opportunities and scenic views. To visit Manzshir Monastery and other attractions in Ulaanbaatar, use our Ulaanbaatar trip planning app .
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  • It's well worth a visit. Whether as part of a visit in it's own right, or as part of a longer hike, it adds reall interest and context for those hoping to understand a little about Mongolia's past.  more »
  • The surroundings make for a nice photo opportunity as well as a exploration. As such, the monastery is very basic with no special attractions.  more »
  • I found the views looking out from the monastery better than the monastery itself. On a clear day with the pines, the rocks and the hills it makes a stunning photo. Tickets were a bargain 1000T which ...  more »
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  • On the other side of the mountains that face onto UB, you’ll find this once glorious monastery. You can’t help but get chills as you walk up to what’s left of its former glory knowing that the complex was burned and monks butchered. Such peaceful surrounds make it difficult to comprehend. Apparently, it is possible to walk through the hills to get here from UB but you need a day.
  • Hidden gem outside of UB. You have to drive or get a taxi to take you to the other side of Bogd Khan mountain. Quite and serene place.
  • A beautiful hiking destination with a lot of historical presence
  • About an hour outside of town, Manzushir Monastery is a location that reminds you of the enduring strength of Buddhism in Mongolia, as well as the Communist efforts to remove it as a factor in the life of the people. The site is lovely - a nice walk in from the car park/parking lot, a small older museum on site with wildlife displays. Some are tatty, but it is an interesting building - and for less than 50 cents admission, worth the visit. The same 50 cent admission gets you into the temple museum further up the hill.
  • Wonderful place.
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