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Gandantegchenling Monastery

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Address: 1,5 KM north west of the central square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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+976 7013 3159
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A great introduction to Tibatian style Buddhism

We went there just before 9 am to ensure that we will have a chance to witness the morning ceremony performed by the monks. It was a great experience and lovely walk from the city... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fern P
Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there just before 9 am to ensure that we will have a chance to witness the morning ceremony performed by the monks. It was a great experience and lovely walk from the city to there.

Thank Fern P
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived early before 9am in time to see the lamas arriving to conduct their daily ceremony. Very interesting monastery with so much going on, especially the locals from the countryside in their traditional costumes coming to donate and pray. Spent 4-5 hours here it was so good.

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

We actually went for a family blessing. The Lama made notes of our names and dates of births. Using his booklet he predicted health and wealth for some. Nyamaa and Zulaa both had to perform two little ceremonies, the first was passing the small Buddhist bowl around their body, i think it was 9 times, filled with water, this was... More 

1 Thank AlistairNWN
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

It could be quite a different experience to visit such a place just first coming from Europe. But I was there alone with any guides or tours. So I did not found much to see. The place is looks rather as a for locals than foreign tourists.

1 Thank Pavel_in_Dar
Seremban District, Malaysia
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We went on a Saturday and there are a lot of Mongolians went there to offer their prayers. Able to witness how they offer their prayers and I was startled to see such a beautiful standing Buddha surrounded by many small buddhas and the prayers wheels.

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Santiago, Chile
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

just go for know more about the culture, I didn't like i don't know if they clean this place, when we went it was very dirty

1 Thank Jorge-DebbieVergara
Yeppoon, Australia
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

looks very old and not maintained. A few Monks around and thats it so for a few minutes to see and walk around fine but no more

1 Thank Thomas J
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Center of Mongolian Buddhism...One of the must see places in the town. You see Buddhist temples for free. There are some religious arts...One the highlights is definitely the Janraisag, which is a God. It is one of tallest standing Gods, 26m tall... There are many souvenir stories outside of the monastery.

1 Thank Tserennyam S
Bayan-Olgii Province, Mongolia
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Interesting place to visit, and holy place for local people. Good spot for to taking photos and I found the interesting part here is when you feeding pigeons. Troughing corns and observing a local people and local religion.

1 Thank Erlan_Shakhabai
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

The temple is just where the gur district starts. The surrounding areas are a bit rough, but the inside of the temple is gorgeous with a huge buddha. You have to pay a entrance fee and an extra fee to take pictures, but you might be able to sneak a few shots.

1 Thank Ziggy28104

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