Choijin Lama Museum in Ulaanbaatar

an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century


This monastery is also known as the Museum of Religion and was erected by Mongolian architects. The Choijin Lama Temple Museum is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century. Located in the center of Ulaanbaatar city (only one block south of Sukhbaatar Square), this place was the home of Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama («Choijin» is an honorary title given to some monks), the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khaan.

Choijin Lama Drone view

The Choijin Lama Museum is considered as one of the most beautiful monasteries of Mongolia. The temple has a great amount of statues preserved through the years. Nowadays, this monastery is no longer an active place of worship and will probably remain a museum. It is composed of four temples and four arch doors. There is a fine collection of woodcarving, applique, embroidery and sculptures, dated as early as the XVII century.

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Here you can also see a precious examples of Buddhist art including the paintings by Ts. Zanabazar, a renowned religious reformer and great artisan of 17th century as well as colorful masks for Tsam Dance ceremony embroidered with corals, bronze statue of gods, silk tankas and many other artifacts. The museum itself and its objects also show the re-emergence of Buddhism in Mongolia after Communist repression, with a particularly interesting display on Buddhist cham dancing and its modern revival.

A useful English language booklet is available at the monastery entrance. There is a good selection of reasonably priced souvenirs inside, and a big range of books about Buddhism and Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, which can be accessed without paying the entry fee. Most staff are bilingual in English and Mongolian.
A quiet spot amidst the busy city. Step into the temple and be mesmerized by the serenity.

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