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Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
+7 902 169-81-08
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The most important Buddhist monastery in Russia

Ivolginsk Datsan is a bit out of town but really worth visiting. You'll need a car/taxi to get... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Maire M
London, United Kingdom
Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

Amazing. In one word. Amazing. I was riding North from the border with Mongolia to Ulan-Ude with... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2017
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ivolginsk Datsan is a bit out of town but really worth visiting. You'll need a car/taxi to get there. It's a large complex with many temples, some old, others new and a it's a training centre for monks. You'll need a few hours to see...More

Thank Maire M
Reviewed August 11, 2017

Amazing. In one word. Amazing. I was riding North from the border with Mongolia to Ulan-Ude with friends and they stopped here at the Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) strictly to see friends they were meeting here. They were NOT coming to see the monastery. When...More

1  Thank kanbaatar
Reviewed August 3, 2017

this temple is more like a real monastery and less like a tourist spot. Not much explanations are offered in English but you get to see the monk's life

Thank Yuanxi Z
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

A good half hour out of Ulan Ude - worth the visit though. Incongruous after the wooden houses and fairly colourless suburbs, the Datsan is very bright indeed. It is well organised, with clear guidelines about what to do / not to do. Friendly monks...More

Thank crookhamcommon
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...More

1  Thank 359kwangnamk
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...More

2  Thank TorontoRover
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.

Thank Upnorthtransplant1
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...More

Thank Tinde_K
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
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
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