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Address: The Gandan Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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This temple houses a 25-meter tall statue of the Buddha of Compassion,...

This temple houses a 25-meter tall statue of the Buddha of Compassion, which replaces the original one that was taken to Moscow and destroyed in 1930.

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A Must-VIsit for Foreigners

In the heart of UB, and part of a larger complex of Buddhist buildings that make up the the heart of Mongolia's religious resurgence after decades of Soviet oppression. As others... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

In the heart of UB, and part of a larger complex of Buddhist buildings that make up the the heart of Mongolia's religious resurgence after decades of Soviet oppression. As others have noted, arrive at the temple before 11 to enjoy listening to the monks at prayer. This is a functioning place of worship and many locals will be there... More 

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Inspiring Buddhist monastery. Go at 9am to experience Tibetan chanting - a moving experience. Hundreds of prayer wheels.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 909 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Definitely visit in the morning, ideally before 11:00am. The monks are at prayer, but the doors are open and visitors and pilgrims are welcome. From around 11:30am, the monks begin their private meditations (and their lunch) and you may be asked to leave, with doors slammed in your face. Don't take it personally. It applies to locals too.

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

This makes for a good short stop in your day trip. Go in the morning hours, good chance to interact with and photograph with locals, keep 30 minutes for a leisurely stroll in the compounds

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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

It is hard too believe that most temples were destroyed or used as barracks during the years that the sowjets called the shots but luckily this one remained and was expertly restored.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

It is cool because it is in the heart of the city, but if you have been to SE Asia it is just OK. The grounds are in disrepair but the inside have some interesting relics

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