The largest and most significant monastery of Mongolia resides among a ger (Mongolian traditional dwelling) district. It’s easy to visit from the south as Megjidjanraisag (Avalokitesvara) temple will guide you from afar. It has the tallest indoor statue in the world at 26.5 meters high. Do check out the wish tree, the biggest Buddhist library, and the religious schools to understand the general idea of Buddhism in Mongolia.
Address: Bayangol district, 16th khoroo
This temple is closely related with the capital’s history. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was part of the former capital Ikh Khuree. During the Great Depression, the temple was destroyed or used as warehouses, circuses and for other purposes. However, in 1990 it was restored. Be sure to visit the temple in the mornings, when it’s busy with traditional rituals and orders. After lunch it will become very quite and peaceful.
Address: Sukhbaatar district, Academician N.Sodnom Street
+(976) 11-350047, +(976) 11-352007
The Dambadarjaalin Monastery, located at the northern district of Ulaanbaatar, is one of Mongolia's three largest monasteries and is also one of the first architectural monuments built in Ulaanbaatar. Since the monastery is 253 years old, its temples and houses are in a state of dilapidation. Come and see how Manchurian, Tibetan, Chinese and Mongolian temple styles are linked in one.
Address: Sukhbaatar district, east of the Dambadarjaa Street, 9 km east of the city center
AGLAG BUTEEL MONASTERY
Aglag meditation center is located approximately 100km from the Ulaanbaatar. This meditation center is open throughout the whole year; a lot of people visit there particularly during weekends. Inside the monastery, there are works by Buddhist artist and lama G.Purevbat and his disciples, including deities, sacred beings and appliques. Journeying outside the monastery is very interesting too.
Address: Place called “Dalyn Am”, Nart bag, Bornuur soum, Tuv province
MANJUSRI MONASTERY AND MUSEUM
Manjusri Monastery is a former Buddhist monastery established in 1733 and destroyed by Mongolian communists in 1937. Its ruins are located approximately 15 kilometers (43 kilometers by car) south of the Ulaanbaatar on the south slope of Bogd Khan Uul mountain. Most of the area surrounding the monastery is part of the Bogd Khan Uul Strictly Protected Area, which contains abundant wildlife, streams and cedar trees.
Address: 7km from the center of Zuunmod soum, Tuv province
DOLMA LING NUNNERY
Dolma Ling Nunnery is the only one of its kind, established to train female lamas. The nunnery was originally built 230 years ago as an exquisite monastery, a gift from the emperor of the Qing dynasty. It had fifteen monumental three-story walls with very fine workmanship; however, it was greatly damaged in the 1930s when many of Mongolia’s monasteries were destroyed. In the yard of the monastery there is an eleven-foot-tall collection of carved columns with animal and ornamental designs.
Address: Bayanzurkh district, 12th microdistrict, near the last Botanik bus stop