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Erdene Zuu Monastery

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Erdene Zuu Monastery

115 Reviews
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chaletaria wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom477 contributions124 helpful votes
Not necessarily the easiest place to get to, but worth the trip. A mostly intact Mongolian (Tibetan) Buddhist monastery. The wall paintings are particularly worth seeing in the Western and Eastern Temples. A short walk from the rear is the famous tortoise and the site of Karakoram (really nothing left to see). As it is a long way from Ulaanbaatar it’s best combined with other nearby attractions (eg. Karakoram Museum, Tovkhon)
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Date of experience: September 2019
The Weak Knee Traveler wrote a review May 2020
Singapore, Singapore11774 contributions729 helpful votes
This monastery can be dated back to 1585, built from the ruins of Genghis Khan's ancient capital. Today, it is still used as an active monastery. Worth a visit.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Kai Wah wrote a review Nov 2019
Malaysia2785 contributions214 helpful votes
This is one of the oldest surviving monastery, built since 16th century, and it is now still a functional temple for the locals. It has significant influence to the Mongolian’s Buddhism history as it was instructed to build, by a Mongolian ruler, after meeting the 3rd Dalai Lama, and made the Tibetan Buddhism as official religion for the country. There are 108 stupas built, surrounding the monastery which 108 signifies as sacred number in Buddhism. The site was damaged in 17th century and rebuilt in 18th century with 62 temples that can house more than 1,000 monks. Beautiful architecture with intriguing historical background. It is part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscapes listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Must visit for history buffs and those who are into building architecture and cultures.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Vinayak wrote a review Sep 2019
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan92 contributions57 helpful votes
A 360 Km. drive from UlaanBaatar, this is the oldest monastery of Mongolia which will probably be included in your tour of central Mongolia. I found the Thangka Buddhist paintings impressive and was quite fascinated by the fact that some of the gods of Hinduism are present here also. A lady was kind enough to explain the history and background of the place to us(Mongolian only, our guide translated into English). There is a nice museum nearby which is worth visiting and also a new coffee shop with free WiFi! Most non natives will probably be taken to the back side of the monastery where there are some ancient tiles and sculptures but the main purpose is to introduce the souvenir shops which you can ignore because half of the stuff is apparently made in China. There is also a very cute and friendly cat inside the monastery for the cat lovers!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Mary J wrote a review Sep 2019
Poughkeepsie, New York434 contributions150 helpful votes
This is useful to come to just to understand the history of this area and the city ruins where this is located. We walked through part with a guide to tell us about the artifacts, then walked around the rest of the grounds. At one location monks were chanting which you could enter if you wanted to observe. Pleasant stop along the way.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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