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“Fantastic museum and national treasure needs conserving.”

Choijin Lama Temple Museum
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Ranked #8 of 94 things to do in Ulaanbaatar
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

My favorite museum in UB. Been several times over the years and enjoy the art, artifacts, and architecture. Has become surrounded by modern/ taller buildings, and kind of ignored. Makes me sad to see the neglect. Wish some money could find its way into properly preserving this heritage sight. One word of caution- one of the temples has some art that depicts hell- ghoulish and a bit scary for me, but also fascinating. Probably give nightmares to most kids. Millie's Cafe is next door, with decent American style eats and loads of expats.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

unfortunately it's a museum and not a living monastery anymore; but the atmosphere can still be felt. the displayed tantric symbols are strong, but only with some deeper knowledge - beyond the good information given by the museum - their meaning can they be understood. still impressive.

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

In the city centre, close to Sukhbaatar Square, you must visit this little temple. Staff is extremely knowledgeable and happy to share with you everything related to the temple.
Very well maintained.
Visit the museum of punitions inflicted to sinners..... that's a must...

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

After the Soviets destroyed all the Buddhist temples with a few exceptions, including this one, it's worth your while to visit here just to see how much was lost during those years. The numerous temples in the small complex each focus on different aspects of Buddhism, but a main attraction is the masks used for tsam dances--look for the large one of red corals. Also there is a statue containing the mummified remains of one of the monks-apparently this was a common practice. The artifacts left in the various temples are all striking, and the ambiance inside the complex is peaceful if you screen out the annoying skyscrapers that are surrounding the site.

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

a series of three temples plus other buildings just south of Suukbaatar Square. Very quiet and peaceful. Staff open buildings as you approach. Poor condition paths - made using a stroller impossible. Close to my very favourite UB restaurant, Silk Road.

Thank Andrea S
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