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Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
+7 902 169-81-08
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A worthwhile day trip from Ulan Ude

We grew up in Thailand and are rather numbed to Buddhist monasteries but we greatly enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2016
New York City, New York
Major buddhist temple complex, confusing if not familiar with buddhism

The Invoginsk Datsan is supposedly one of Russia's most important buddhist religious... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2015
Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

We grew up in Thailand and are rather numbed to Buddhist monasteries but we greatly enjoyed the Ivolginsk Datsan because of how unique the architectural details were compared to the monasteries we grew up with. Wooden carvings and statues decorate the whole complex in a...More

1  Thank ChandlerNYC
Reviewed 19 August 2015

The Invoginsk Datsan is supposedly one of Russia's most important buddhist religious places. However, as non-buddhist tourists, we left with mixed feelings. There is nowhere information available about the various temples and the religious purpose of the site, so you end up walking around the...More

Thank Ryfusz
Reviewed 8 August 2015

A wide temple area, slightly too touristic to get a good understanding of Buddhism. Still a lovely spot in the countryside, definitely worth the journey.

1  Thank Lottbekkoppeln
Reviewed 14 September 2014

Having visited Japan, I was let down by the temples here. I agree that it looks unusual to see Buddhist temples in Russia but they were really weird inside. There were a few tourists and I saw a couple of monks praying but no other...More

5  Thank fufaita
Reviewed 9 August 2014

This complex houses numerous temples, prayer edifices, souvenir shops, and homes, all full of character. As an architectural attraction each building is delightful and they're constantly working to expand and improve the grounds. The monks pray actively each day and allow visitors to observe, providing...More

2  Thank ScottHarrison54
Reviewed 30 March 2014

the temples are beautiful, still in use, and are a big contrast from the cathedrals and kremlins you'll see elsewhere in russia. it's also not hard to get there and it's cheap, so it's worth doing for a few hours. expect to spend an hour...More

6  Thank Lindsey B
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Yes used to be the first and the only one buddhist monastery in Soviets, yes it is the residence of the Head lama for Russia, yes it is the place where Imperishable Itigelov gives blessings to believers. But there is a market right on the...More

3  Thank Darimaa N
Reviewed 25 March 2013

This monastery really embodies the cultural diversity of Russia and of the Buryatia republic: a beautiful Buddhist enclave near Ulan-Ude. It's definitely worth going to see the architecture and feel the vibe of the settlement.

3  Thank LassiK
Reviewed 18 February 2013

It is very interesting and a great place to get the feeling of the people. Still active as a religious place of worship.

Thank chi5026
Reviewed 31 January 2013

Easy to access with a public bus from Ulan Ude (change in the Verkhnyaya Ivolga village to the obvious onward marshrutka), it is worth a half day trip - or longer, if you're into Buddhism. When I visited, it was possible to join or observe...More

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