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Buddhist Temple Datsan Gunzechoinei

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Address: Primorskiy Ave., 91, St. Petersburg 197374, Russia
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Thu - Tue 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A little oasis

Don't expect too much here it's just a place you can go if you fancy a little something different, it's a working Buddhist temple so life goes on around you. We had read about a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 9, 2016
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Clacton-on-Sea
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Clacton-on-Sea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

Don't expect too much here it's just a place you can go if you fancy a little something different, it's a working Buddhist temple so life goes on around you. We had read about a cafe but were too shy to ask where it was in the temple but just sat around and felt peaceful for a while. Really easy... More 

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Pelham, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2016

The story behind this temple and the building and monks who pray at it are fascinating. It has recently been restored mostly on the outside. The temple was founded by a dali lama from the Buryat people at the beginning of the 20th century. The monks chanting and use of musical instruments has some similarities to Tibetan Buddhism. Definitely worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2015

this temple is nicely restored. when I was there the renovation of the garden and the stairs that lead to the temple was still going on. nevertheless one was able to enter. it's unique from the architecture in the city. and it's working as a proper temple. there were tibetan monks and many parishers. when getting to the hermitage storage... More 

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Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2015

Visiting this temple called - datsan is an outstanding experience, nice garden, beautiful hall, buddhist songs, drums during prayer's time make you feel goosebumps. Just seatback, relax, and enjoy. The is a bathroom facilities and a small cafe with a national Buriat, Nepalese food. They serve meat dumplings, milk tea, cabbage slaw for just a symbolic price, yum! So come... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2015

It a bit far from the centre but for those who like Buddhism it's a must go. It is a very old temple with beautiful architecture.

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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

Almost 100 yr old, this Temple is like a hidden treasure. I never expected a Buddhist temple in the city so visiting one adds onto the charm. The temple is beatifully made. Monks are nice n speak English, Russian and Tibetan. A peaceful place to meditate with a glimpse in Buddhism. Though renovation of bldg is going on but if... More 

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Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was the first Buddhist temple I have ever been in and it exceeded all expectations. When we arrived they had scaffolding cover the facade of the temple but we preceeded through the front entrance and was treated very warmly by a lady working the front counter and gift shop. We payed the 5 rubles a person and continued into... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you're in the city for 10 days and have already gone to the Hermitage twice, then sure, head on down to the Buddhist temple. But until then, you really can spend your time better elsewhere. Sure, it may have some novel value in terms of religions other than Russian Orthodoxy being present in the city but seriously, this isn't... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2014

Dazan Gudzechoney is the most northern Dazan in the world. The temple’s construction was initiated in 1909 and finished in 1915. Right now restoration is in a process. It is very peaceful place. A lot of locals have no idea that there is a buddhist temple. In fact, it is not just a temple, but rather a cultural centre, where... More 

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

They have a very nice cafe - with lamas eating near you :) you should like to try "buzy" - Buratia (the only buddist area of Russia) national cousine.

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