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Manzshir Monastery, Ulaanbaatar
(4.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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 on your holiday in Ulaanbaatar, and find out what else Ulaanbaatar has to offer, use our Ulaanbaatar vacation generator.
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  • Taking an organized tour of the monastery area from Ulan Bator is a very expensive option at around $125. However, if you feel brave and intrepid, it is possible to visit the monastery by public bus a...  more »
  • We visited this site as part of an arranged tour. The monastery was built in 1733, but was destroyed during the political purges of the 1930's. One of the main temples was restored (Togchin Temple) in...  more »
  • We drove there from UB in less than an hour. The last bridge looks fragile, but we saw a big bus use it safely. Contrary to some reviewers, we found lush vegetation and wildflowers. We love the hike a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • historic landscape in middle of beautiful nature
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