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“Beautiful and spiritual” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)
Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
9021-698-108
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Ivolginsk
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Tampere, Finland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful and spiritual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Easy to access with a public bus from Ulan Ude (change in the Verkhnyaya Ivolga village to the obvious onward marshrutka), it is worth a half day trip - or longer, if you're into Buddhism. When I visited, it was possible to join or observe a puja ritual. There are several temples, stupas and other significant buildings, all astoundingly beautiful amidst the wilderness. You may want to pack snacks, there wasn't a lot of choice in the café when I visited.

Visited November 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

While the surrounding landscape was covered by snow, Ivolginsk Datsan was easily spotted from the car due to it's colorful decorations. We spent over an hour walking around exploring the temple grounds, ignoring the -15C weather outside. Definitely worth the visit, just check out my pictures, simply stunning!

Visited November 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Worth the ride out of town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Authentic. Not a tourist trap. I would have liked to know about the beliefs and what each temple meant.

Visited July 2012
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Ulan-Ude, Russia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Ivolginsky Datsan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The feelings I have got there were amazing. The people around are very kind and nice. The architecture is incredible.

Visited December 2012
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Tallinn, Estonia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“You must see it!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

If you are interested in buddhism, you just have to visit it!! It´s not so easy to reach the place. We used marshutkas, it was Ok, but you have to speak at least some Russian in order to find the right bus, time etc. And spend at least some hours there, the place is worth it!!

Visited September 2012
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