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Gandantegchenling Monastery

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Address: 1,5 KM north west of the central square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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+976 7013 3159
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Monastery in the city

Probably the largest in the city the site is a must visit in UB city. Live chanting goes through out the day. Requires a ticket but not much time is required. Read about it... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2016
Nouzab F
Suva, Fiji
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Suva, Fiji
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Reviewed September 9, 2016

Probably the largest in the city the site is a must visit in UB city. Live chanting goes through out the day. Requires a ticket but not much time is required. Read about it before visiting.

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Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed September 8, 2016

Great place for a few hours in the city. Worth taking a guide to explain what's going on and to help negotiate entrance fees

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 7, 2016

I don't think even the most fervently patriotic Mongolian would claim there's a huge amount to see in Ulan Bator. However, there are some gems and this is the diamond in the rough for sure. Known locally as the Gandan Temple, the monastery is spread over a large space and has clearly been developed and expanded at different points in... More 

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed September 6, 2016

When we arrived at 9:30am, there were monks chanting in all of the nine buildings, and each of them was different. We spent several hours there listening to the various groups and chants.

Thank Howard S
Mae Sariang, Thailand
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

Visiting the monastery you get a Real Feel of what it must of been like centuries ago. Each building was very interesting, each had their own story.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Seeing the monks chant was a highlight. It's a large complex, a guide is essential. The prayer wheels were lovely. You need at least an hour or longer. Enjoy ☺

Thank Heidi M
Girona, Spain
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Reviewed September 2, 2016

Very interesting monasteries, walking distance from city centre. You must pay a fee for entry but it seems nobody pays.

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

This is a great place to visit while in Ulaanbaatar, be sure to go there in the morning hours, you may be lucky to watch the prayers and take part in them. The visit makes for great photos. Also provides a good chance to interact with the locals. Keep about an hour at hand to wander in the surroundings that... More 

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Westminster, California
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Reviewed August 28, 2016

Large monastery in the capital city. Several buildings that can be entered, but unless you have a guide, it's unlikely the importance of this monastery will be understood by a visitor. Other monasteries in the countryside are more interesting, picturesque, and exciting to see.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 27, 2016

Good starting point for discovering Mongolia.Is in use,and slowly expanding.Interesting temples and history.Definitely worth an hour or two.

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