Amarbayasgalant Monastery
Amarbayasgalant Monastery
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stepstra
New Orleans, LA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Amarbayasgalant Monastery is serene and lovely, well worth the difficult (bumpy 5+ hour drive from UB) to get there. As we drove the last 35 kilometers (see photo of sign), the Three Dog Night song “The Road to Shambala” kept reverberating in my brain. After we passed through countless herds of cattle, goats, and sheep on the road, the monastery suddenly appeared like a shimmering vision tucked away in a hidden valley. The monastery is the real thing in a truly magical setting, not the glitz and glamor one sees, for example, in Kyoto.

Because it was the end of the season, I was the only visitor and the monks seemed genuinely happy to have me explore the expansive grounds and striking buildings. Also, I and my driver were the only people staying at the IF Tour ger camp located right next to the monastery. The two Mongolian ladies who ran the ger camp were absolutely lovely. Their food is fresh off the farm, and so they cooked me two of the best meals I had in Mongolia. Their homemade bread is to die for. And to add to the dreamlike setting, the next morning I woke up to a light snowfall. “Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain, with the [snow] in Shambala.” Truly a highlight of my visit to Mongolia.
Written 13 October 2019
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Margaret W
Launceston, Australia491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
One of the few monasteries to have escaped destruction during the Russian purge the central section is well preserved. Although Chinese in style it has an unique cultural relationship with the nomadic people.
Written 29 June 2019
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Dirk D
593 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
When I did the Trans-Siberian Express I also stayed for more than a week in Mongolia and the first day in this gorgeous country was a visit to this monastery. The monastery itself is quite nice, but impressed me mostly because it was my first visit to such a buddhist monastery. I can imagine if you have visited other monasteries it will impress less. Outside there are also two statues on a hill each and they also give a great overview of the Mongolian steppes and the Iven Valley.
Written 16 May 2019
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Edd
Island of Malta, Malta85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Very old monastery, moderately well renovated though some portions definitely need to be restored. We liked the atmosphere there. The monks are nice and leave you take picture. We arrived late in the afternoon and we went twice : when we arrived and early morning. Light was good and enabled us to have a great time taking pictures.
We stayed at the IF ghee camp which we strongly recommend as the service is very good, food included. Showers were not that hot but the quality of service compensates. The camp managed to find us horses and we spent one day with a nomad which was great. Worth the trip and having stayed 2 days was for us very relaxing and we really had a great time.
Written 25 August 2018
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betcr
Buenos Aires, Argentina446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
This monastery is about 350 km from Ulaanbaatar but is worth the trip.
To see the young (kids) monks playing a kind of volley ball in the temple yard was wonderful.
The small "souvenir shop" is in one of the temple rooms itself with wonderful painted beams in the celiing. I bought very nice malas (budhist prayer beads) as souvenir for my friends there.
As usual, go with a knowledgaeble guide (I hired Dream Mongolia) as it is important to understand the history and background.
Written 5 August 2018
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James H
St. Andrews, UK1,614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Me and my mate made the 35km diversion and it was well worth it. Sketchy roads (of course!l but the valley in which the monestary is located is simply stunning.

The monestary itself is so so but climb up to the golden Buddah for an amazing view !
Written 2 August 2018
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WildMongolia
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
Buddhist religion was mostly spread in Mongolia during Manj Chin dynasty (the end of which is famously shown in the movie Last Emperor, Aisingyoro Pu I was the last emperor and the dynasty's power was largely disturbed by the loss in war against Japan in the end of 19th century). This particular monastery was built in the beginning/mid 18th century, and is one of the oldest. Comparing to world's oldest monasteries in China, Tibet, Thailand and Japan this is relatively new but worth a visit if you are into Buddhism. Allow me to note that religious centers in Mongolia do promote Buddhism as religion rather than as philosophy.
Written 23 July 2018
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Akxsel
Rotterdam, The Netherlands426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
At the bayuunbaren gas-station, I asked directions… in the dust of my car it got written 12 km and 35km… and indeed after 12km there was a sign in English/Mongolian Amarbayasgalant Monastery 35 kilometer. I drove it after first snow in October, vice-versa 4-5 hours at least 100km. Perhaps it's shorter in summer. A new formal road is being created now (2017, do NOT take it, as it will suddenly disappear and you will crash). The old dirt road runs through the valleys, in parallel as so many other old roads. Simply take your time and target some reference points in the distant; first up North, then North-East to the monastery. You will meet some farmers, ask for directions, show pictures. When in a hurry, then must-use your GPS or perhaps the power-lines will be a better guide ;-). There's 2G coverage at higher points throughout the drive, there's a new mast at half an hour from the monastery. The monastery itself looks untouched except by time… it's quite deteriorated but the atmosphere is great! There are multiple shrines and Buddhas also outside the monastery. Please do not make the same mistake as I did… do NOT visit in a single day (rush in, rush out), but spend two nights. There's a tourist Ger camp at 10km from the monastery but off-season you will surely find a place to spend the night in the mini-village close to the monastery.
Written 14 October 2017
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meetisv
New Delhi, India172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This is a must visit place in Mongolia. Brace for rough ride, roads are non-existent at places. It is a long way from the last metalled road. Prepare to stay in camp with very basic facilities. But, it is all worth it as the natural beauty is stupendous
Written 22 September 2017
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MW46Jackson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Vatican, Jerusalem, Machu Picchu, Lhasa, Pagan – of all the great spiritual centers on earth, there is none today more authentic, more pure, nor more spiritual than Amarbaysagalant. Is it the extremely remote but stunning location? The beautifully restored buildings? The awesomely quiet but persistent work of the monks? Or, the spiritual presence of Zanabazar the Great? I do not know the answer, all I know is what I feel when I am there.
I first arrived in 1999 with three friends after a two-day drive from Ulaanbaatar over dirt roads. We camped near the monastery and were the only foreigners during our stay.
I returned again recently with my granddaughter after a leisurely three hours over paved roads and only one hour snaking across the rutted paths leading up to the monastery. Yet, we were still the only foreign visitors there and cows wandering through the palace monastery outnumbered worshipers. The lack of tourism accounts for much of the authenticity and the spiritual uniqueness of this holy place. Even the limited electricity seems more of a novelty than a convenience. This may all change in the near future, however, as paved roads are coming ever closer to the valley where the monastery sits so majestically.
For most people, I fear that the trip to Amargayasgalant is not worth the effort. After all, there are no explanations posted, not even the names or rooms or temples are listed, most of the original art works are, at best, in world museums, or sadly, in the hands of dealers and collectors. There are not even local guides lurking around to show the new tourist secret corners or indicate the best place for a selfie. Unless you speak Mongolian or Tibetan, it is difficult to find out information. Amarbayasgalant is intellectually and spiritually a self-serve experience.
You will get what you put into it. At Amarbayasgalant, you just might find that even if, like me, you belong to no organized religion, you still have a deeper spiritual core than you ever knew.
Written 29 June 2017
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