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Gandantegchenling Monastery

1,5 KM north west of the central square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
+976 7013 3159
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“prayer wheels” (22 reviews)
“huge buddha” (8 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1,5 KM north west of the central square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
+976 7013 3159
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the few attractions in Ulan Bator but it is gives the impression of just another tourist attraction. The gardens are covered in weeds and the pavement is uneven and broken in many places.

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first stop was the Gandan (Gandantegchinlen) Monastery (which means Great Place of Complete Joy). Generally, one is not allowed to photograph inside a monastery or Buddhist temple, but a special photo shoot was arranged for us. There were once 900 temples and monasteries. By...More

Thank Sa-i44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The guidebooks tell you that the Gandanchenling is the premier monastery to visit in Mongolia. It's easy to see why. It is a realky beautiful and peaceful monastery complex with leafy courtyards, ornate stupas, prayer wheels and temples. It is not too crowded either, at...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a pleasant location to have a wander round one afternoon during our stay in Ulaanbatar. The most interesting bit was to actually stand outside the main entrance and look out into the distance to see the countryside that surrounds the city.

Thank nigellakamp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a temple in active use. Very interesting to hear the chanting, observe worshippers leaving offerings, and listen to the prayers. It didn't feel "touristy," it felt real.

Thank 12trvlgirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A resonable amount to see if you are in the area. Like many places in Mngolia an extortionate additional fee if you want to take photographs, which is annoying.

Thank gazzamuppet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this monastery was up the hill of one of the main roads. It is a practicing monastery and filled with monks and local people worshiping. I loved the huge pole as it was smooth by millions of worshipers touching it. our guide said it is...More

Thank koabug
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most important and impressive Buddhist monasteries surviving in the world. Monks hold prayers every morning at 9 am, which are open to the public. Ancient works of art without compare here, including the largest Buddha in the world.

Thank Karl W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Very nice, old buddhist monastery. In the centre of the capital city Ulaanbaatar. It features a 26.5-meter-high statue of Avalokiteśvara.

Thank lubomirsvoboda
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This is easily walkable from the city centre and has a few interesting buildings but is unfortunately in very poor repair.

Thank TheOExpress
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Response from AnneManila | Reviewed this property |
We didnt see the sign at the temple door so we didnt buy a ticket. My husband said, it is only a donation but we didnt give either.