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Gandantegchenling Monastery

1,5 KM north west of the central square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
+976 7013 3159
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“prayer wheels” (23 reviews)
“huge buddha” (8 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
1,5 KM north west of the central square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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+976 7013 3159
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"prayer wheels"
in 23 reviews
"huge buddha"
in 8 reviews
"feeding pigeons"
in 7 reviews
"standing buddha"
in 10 reviews
"main temple"
in 12 reviews
"monks chanting"
in 9 reviews
"several buildings"
in 4 reviews
"complete joy"
in 4 reviews
"walk around"
in 9 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 15 reviews
"take pictures"
in 12 reviews
"capital city"
in 5 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 6 reviews
"ulan bator"
in 4 reviews
"complex"
in 35 reviews
"compassion"
in 5 reviews
"incense"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The main temple didn’t disappoint, but the practicing monks in a nearby temple were open to people watching and listening during their chanting and music-making.

Thank Lezghy
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There's a tiny kids park area in the entrance before entering temple grounds. Indoor no photos unless you pay. Can see the Buddhist monks pray, just beware they have breaks.

Thank Sam W
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Monks chant, pray for alms, bells, incense, Buddhists meditating is all part of the morning service. Donation of 4000 to enter complex is requested. Center has 7 colleges, library, temple, Buddha , prayer wheels and red clad monks .This is the #1 center and temple...More

Thank Debbie B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes the Monastery was destroyed by fire and the original buddha chopped up and sent to be used in the Soviet war effort. Yes the roof is leaking and the place needs renovation. Yes, there are better monasteries to see elsewhere in the world but...More

Thank Poleinahole
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been here multiple times and always leave telling myself not to come back! This is an active Buddhist monastery and has some interesting architecture but isn’t worth the time. It’s not very interesting and has a kind of yuck feel. Just my opinion, though!

Thank Jlcmng
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Buddhist Complex has had a turbulent history and is now being restored. We were able to move through the room while the monks were chanting their scriptures and being server butter tea, There was also another rite where water was poured around a casket...More

Thank WW_Traveller023
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Honestly I would advise getting out of Ulaambataar as soon as possible when you arrive in Mongolia. The city dusty, dingy and the traffic is horrendous. However if there is one gem to be found in UB it's this wonderful monastery. Located right in the...More

Thank AndyRouw
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place. You can see how Mongolian people pray and their rituals. Is a nice place to visit. You can read more about our experience around Mongolia travelling by our own.

Thank Fuet-i-mate
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

A must see on your exploration of the city. It's a unique place, old meets new. Open your eyes and take it all in.

Thank _joe_johnstone86
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Nothing to see. I don't even get why people go there in the first place. Dirty with dust and bunch of lazy monks.

Thank Tugsuu G
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Gregory W
12 May 2018|
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Response from 80GlobalTraveler30 | Reviewed this property |
I hope others respond as well, as my time did not allow traveling the fullest extent of the country. In town (UlaanBaatar), you only need a day to get the main sights. I recommend the national museum - very detailed, much... More
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vivientamhk
2 June 2015|
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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.
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