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Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

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Address: Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
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A Holy Site and Place of Learning

I had the priviledge to visit in winter when the holiness of the site is more impacting than what one might experience in the peak tourist season of Summer. The guide was so... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2017
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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed February 23, 2017

This monastery is about 40 km away from Ulan-Ude center and center of the Russian Buddhism. Traditional style old buildings and temples are there. It is not easy to see Buddhist temple in Russia. There is one more in St. Petersburg. Not easy to visit here but worth to visit.

Thank 359kwangnamk
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Reviewed February 12, 2017

I had the priviledge to visit in winter when the holiness of the site is more impacting than what one might experience in the peak tourist season of Summer. The guide was so informative about the nature and purpose of each Temple and the prayer wheels around the grounds. I was learned of the Buryat culture and shared a meal... More 

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

This place seems to lack the authenticity of other Buddhist temples I have been to. The coolest part is all the dogs that live there.

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

We've visited Elista before, so we've seen some buddhist shrines in Russia, but this large complex is unparalelled in its size and importance within Russia. We had a tour organized by our travel agency with one of the lamas accompaying us. He spoke Russian, so my husband and I took turns to explain it to our friends. But I guess... More 

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Center of Russian Buddhist. Interesting & Peaceful place. It's only 30 km from Ulan Ude. If you don't have time you can get taxi to there. Cost is around 1700 Rubl.

Thank Aldra S
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

This place is incredible from both historical and religious sides: being a headquater of Russian Buddhists, Datsan has everything to tell a story of Buddhism in Russia for true believers and regular tourists. Must see place if you travel to Baikal

Thank Georgy M
New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

We grew up in Thailand and are rather numbed to Buddhist monasteries but we greatly enjoyed the Ivolginsk Datsan because of how unique the architectural details were compared to the monasteries we grew up with. Wooden carvings and statues decorate the whole complex in a lovely array of colors and mixed cultures. We spent the majority of our time here... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Invoginsk Datsan is supposedly one of Russia's most important buddhist religious places. However, as non-buddhist tourists, we left with mixed feelings. There is nowhere information available about the various temples and the religious purpose of the site, so you end up walking around the site wondering what you are looking at. Furthermore, construction of new temples are on-going and... More 

Thank Ryfusz
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Reviewed August 8, 2015

A wide temple area, slightly too touristic to get a good understanding of Buddhism. Still a lovely spot in the countryside, definitely worth the journey.

Thank Lottbekkoppeln
Zaragoza, Spain
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Reviewed September 14, 2014

Having visited Japan, I was let down by the temples here. I agree that it looks unusual to see Buddhist temples in Russia but they were really weird inside. There were a few tourists and I saw a couple of monks praying but no other followers of Buddhism. It might be an important place of worship but I didn't get... More 

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