"Ulaanbaatar - Choijin Lama Temple Museum" Mongolia Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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This temple, located just to the south of Sukhbaatar Square, was built between 1904 and 1908 by the 8th Bogd Khaan, Javzandamba, and dedicated to his brother Lama Luvsanhaidav. The Museum has a fine collection of woodcarving, appliqué, embroidery and sculptures, dated as early as the 17th century.

The museum contains precious examples of Buddhist art including the paintings by Ts. Zanabazar, a renowned religious reformer and great artisan of 17th century as well as colourful masks for Tsam Dance ceremony embroidered with corals, bronze statue of gods in erotic poses, silk thankas and many other artefacts. Some of the paintings inside are pretty gruesome as they depict dismembered bodies and torture which is the last place you expect to find them.

The monastery was closed in 1938 and probably would have been demolished but it was saved as a museum in 1942 to demonstrate the 'feudal' ways of the past. Although religious freedom in Mongolia recommenced in 1990, this monastery is no longer an active place of worship and will probably remain a museum.

Open: 9am - 6.30pm. Admission: T2,500. Camera charge: T5,500.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 27, 2008
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