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  Erdene Zuu Khiid, Kharkhorin
by Saagar

This once-great monastery was and still is the highlight of Buddhism in Mongolia. Now experiencing a recovery after the collapse of communism, it rises from the ashes. It shows a variety of styles and influences.
It is very interesting to see, and also to learn about its recent history, and well worth a long stay. A full day is perhaps too much unless you are religiously inclined, but I'd give it up to half a day.
Many guidebooks go into details on this place, so I just want to add my recommendation: a good place to soak up history and resurgence of a nation.
What is not often said, though, is that the building materials for Erdene Zuu Khiid came from the site of Karakoram, the city of Dhjingis Khan before he abandoned his Mongolian capital for Beijing.
Of the original Karakoram (Kharkhorin, modern lingo), next to nothing is left, and that's probably why the guide took you here to Erdene Zuu Khiid when you asked to see Dhjingis' capital...

Address: Just outside the city Kharkhorin.

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  • Written Apr 28, 2004
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