Gandan Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Translated as the "Great Place of Complete Joy," the Gandan Monastery is a Tibetan monastery with numerous monks living there even today.Since it was built in 1809, the Gandan Monastery has been renovated constantly to protect it from damage, yet its old charm is still readily apparent.

One of the main attractions is the large statue of Migjid Janraisig. After being destroyed by Russian troops in 1938, the statue was rebuilt in 1996 after Mongolian citizens banded together and raised the money. The money was well spent, as the statue features an assortment of rare gemstones, jewels, and precious metals.

The Golden Temple is another main sight at the Gandan Monastery. The temple is designed in traditional Oriental fashion, and its golden design is both subtle and memorable.

The Stupa monument stands proud among an assortment of Oriental buildings in the center of the monastery, and this allows for a pleasant stroll in the warm Mongolian sun.

Even though the Gandan Monastery is perfect for visitors, it still remains the most important center for Buddhist studies in all Mongolia. Since 1994, the Gandan Monastery has been placed under state protection in order to let locals and visitors enjoy this wonderful place for years to come.
Gandan Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Gandan Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia

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