Gandantegchenling Monastery

Gandantegchenling Monastery

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Happy Trails
Tucson, AZ50 contributions
Dec 2021
At one time this was a great monastery.The building itself remained a"showpiece" after communist purges of the early 20th C that destroyed all other monasteries SInce 2006 Gandan has gone from bad to worse. Monks follow few rules. . Now you have to watch your purse when you visit. "Monks" here might be actors or outright grifters accepting donations that go to them, not for students or upkeep of the monastery. It is a lovely place to visit as a historical relic, but there are better more reputable sacred monasteries that have been rebuilt that will not steal from you.
Written 2 November 2022
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Noah Harry
Rochester, NY11 contributions
Aug 2022
Really amazing place to visit and see Buddhist artworks. Also, the new big temple is worth to visit when you are in Ulanbatar
Written 11 October 2022
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PortlyPenguin
Sterling, VA47 contributions
Sep 2022
this entire complex of Monasteries is beautiful... walk around, go in and see everything.. talk to people
Written 3 October 2022
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Frank T
63 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
On our visit it was quite busy with local worshippers. There was a service in progress and we watched from the rear of the temple. There were a lot of old and young monks taking part. Felt free to write a special intention on a piece of paper and hand it to one of the celebrants for a nominal fee who will pray over it and burn the paper. There is a massive Buddha statue inside. The building is more like a complex than a singular temple.
Written 5 July 2022
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GlobeTrotting55015
Brisbane, Australia134 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
We visited on a particularly busy day but we’re still able to walk around the complex and monastery. Quite peaceful despite the many visitors this day
Written 2 July 2022
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chaletaria
London, United Kingdom535 contributions
Sep 2019
This is the most important monastery in Ulaanbaatar and mostly saved from the Soviet-inspired religious purges. Worth a visit. No signs etc, so take a guide book or brush up on Tibetan Buddhism (as this is the most practised in Mongolia)
Written 25 May 2020
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John OF
The Hills Shire, Australia13 contributions
Jan 2020
An interesting complex in the middle of Ulaanbaatar where one is able to go upstairs and photograph the 26.5m high Buddha in the main temple for an extra fee.
Written 20 February 2020
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Global768312
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia37 contributions
Jan 2020
If you enjoy Buddhist Temples then this is a nice one. There is a school, office building, temple, meditation huts, and gift shops. This monastery is very pretty, it has huge prayer wheels going all around the temple. The largest statue of Buddha in all of Mongolia is there in the center of the room. If you want to take a lot of photos it will cost 11000 tughrik or 4-5 American dollars.
You can walk around and look at the pretty buildings, visit the temple and shop for prayer beads. Most of the bead bracelets or longer necklaces are semi precious stones. They will tell you what the stones mean, I bought malachite prayer bracelets for 7500 each (2.75 American), it represents good luck and good health.They have other items for sale as well for your Buddhist alter.
It is very cold in January, it would probably be better to see it in the spring or summer.
Well worth a visit if you enjoy temples.
Written 12 January 2020
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geelongexpat
Chatan-cho, Japan1,025 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a grand monument sitting atop a tree lined street. It’s 4000 tugrug to enter the main building. The grounds are well maintained and it was enjoyable to visit.
Written 11 January 2020
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Jessica s
Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
Sep 2019 • Business
It was very big monasteries in a very big wall squiare.
And they have just built new one with so sophisticated exhibitions.
The main thing i loved the most was great janraisag statue which was like biggest one i have ever seen.
Totally recommend.
Written 27 December 2019
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