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Budist temple of Erden Zuu (MONGOLIA)
On route explore Erden Zuu Monastery Constructed from the stones of the ruined capital, it was Mongolia’s first Buddhist centre established in 1586 and is now a museum. Overnight in tented Gers. There are several interesting buildings, Buddhist artwork and you can view a Buddhist service. The monastery is sutiated at Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia and where from Genghis Khan launched his cavalry which eventually conquered half of the European World.
This monastery was built between the 16th and 19th centuries. It is surrounded by a wall with 108 "stupas" built to honor very prominent monks. Inside the wall, at the beginning of the 20th centuries, before the communists destroyed much of it, were over 600 temples served by thousands of Buddhist monks. In the 1930's much of it was destroyed (as were monasteries all over Mongolia.)
However one of the Temple complexes was spared and today it is a museum of Tibetan Buddhist artifacts. In addition to the museum portion, there is also a working monastery with a small number of monks, and young novitiates studying to be monks. Behind the monastery is an archeological dig which is unearthing an ancient Mongolian site. Also, there is an ancient stone turtle that is on a high point behind the monastery grounds.
Visiting the Erdenzuu Monastery is defined as a unique experience, filling the soul with peace according to the Western visitors who have visited the Monastery before.
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