Gandantegchenling Monastery

Gandantegchenling Monastery

Gandantegchenling Monastery
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  • Frank T
    64 contributions
    Get Special Intention Prayed For
    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.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2022
  • marstar0109
    Seoul, South Korea300 contributions
    One of the highlights of my Ulaanbaatar visit
    After visiting I said to my guide that visiting Ulaanbaatar only in order to see this monastery is worth it. The 26.5m statue inside it is just spectacular. There is this amazing, mysterious atmophere about the inside of this place, the chanting in the background, the smell of wood, the dark interior... I simply loved it. The whole complex has a few buildings, one of them is this much more modern one, which is also an interesting place to see. Overall I recommend a visit!
    Visited January 2023
    Written 29 January 2023
  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California2,832 contributions
    Always go to a church, temple or monastery…
    I always try and go to such places. Guessing it might be good for my soul in the here or here after. Amazing architecture that’s beautiful and historical balanced by the newer stuff. Yes yes yes About $10 usd.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
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Lee K
Prairie Village, KS1,034 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
Built in 1838, this is the largest and most important center of Buddhism. Beautiful buildings and ornate statues. We were able to hear the morning chants and meet with a monk.
Written 31 July 2023
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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA2,832 contributions
Jul 2023
I always try and go to such places. Guessing it might be good for my soul in the here or here after.
Amazing architecture that’s beautiful and historical balanced by the newer stuff.
Yes yes yes
About $10 usd.
Written 23 July 2023
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marstar0109
Seoul, South Korea300 contributions
Jan 2023
After visiting I said to my guide that visiting Ulaanbaatar only in order to see this monastery is worth it. The 26.5m statue inside it is just spectacular. There is this amazing, mysterious atmophere about the inside of this place, the chanting in the background, the smell of wood, the dark interior... I simply loved it. The whole complex has a few buildings, one of them is this much more modern one, which is also an interesting place to see. Overall I recommend a visit!
Written 29 January 2023
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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
64 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, Australia136 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 Kingdom540 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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