Our Guide was very knowledgeable and explained the history and operation of the Monastery which made the visit very enjoyable. Go with a guide.
This was my third visit to Gandan monstery and i am amazed at the positive energy that pervades in the complex. The faith that draws people of all ages and the Lamas reciting their sutras and living the simple life is very impressive.
I have been to this monastery twice now and have not failed to be awed by the 81 foot tall buddha statue. Just amazing. Inside the building housing the statue are prayer wheels surrounding the buddha which followers spin. You will see monks going to prayers while you are at the monastery as well.
The Gandan Monastery is actually quite an expansive area with room to enjoy some peaceful walking, even when it is a bit crowded. This is one of the few Mongolian temples left in the country from before the Stain / Choibalsan purges of the late 1930's, so it is actually a nice example of an 19th century Mongolian monastery, and... More
Be sure to head there and see the amazing tall Buddha statue. The place maybe crowded with local people and tourist but one should go and take a look, walk the grounds and experience feeding pigeons, turning the wheels for fortune and good health! Listen to calming chants from monks. Do visit the nearby souvenir stores to pick up some... More
This is a very tranquil place just to sit for a while and watch the monks go about their business and the pigeon feeders selling seed. Even with groups of tourists sweeping in it is large enough to find a quiet place. The back alleys around the monastery are interesting to wander around to get a view of local life.
A must see in Ulaanbaatar. The best place to learn about mongolian form of Tibetan Buddhism. Try to go during the morning to see the monks praying and a lot of followers. Real nice place. The huge Buddha statue is amazing!
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