Choijin Lama Temple Museum

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Coldings
Copenhagen, Denmark454 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
When in UB you should take out 10-15 mins. just to walk around this old buddhist temple complex which is only a five min. walk from the central Djengis Khan Square. It offers great views of old Mongolia on a backdrop of modern steel & glass highrisers. I hope they will keep this pocket if history, esthetics and history.
Written 3 November 2021
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA285 contributions
Nov 2019
This temple museum is in the middle of downtown Ulaanbaatar just a short walk from Sukhbaatar Square. The complex was the home of Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama, (the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan). Construction of the monastery was undertaken in 1904 and completed in 1908. The Soviet regime closed the temple in 1938 and would have been demolished it. had it not been for financial issues. In 1942 it was reopened (as a museum) by the government) to remind the Mongolian population of the ‘feudal’ ways of the past and to demonstrate to the citizen of how time have changed under the rules of the new state. After the fall of the Soviet dominated Mongolia state in 1986, religious freedom in Mongolia was reestablished in 1990, this monastery is no longer an active place of worship. The site consists of six temples within the grounds. As you enter, the first temple you see the Maharaja Süm. The main temple features a statues of Sakyamuni (the historical Buddha). The mummified remains of Choijin Lama and Baltung Choimba are reportedly inside the statue. The temple boasts a large collection of religious instruments, thangka paintings, silk embroideries, wood carvings, statues, and a collection of cham dance masks. A magnificent statue of yab-yum and the throne is contained in the chapel located behind the main hall. The other temples are Zuu Süm, dedicated to Sakyamuni; it has papier-mâché sculptures of Buddha in the past, present, and future. The Yadam Süm is closed to the public. The fourth temple, the temple of peace, is dedicated to the reincarnation of Boghda Jevzundamba Undur Gegeen Zanabazar, The site has a rich heritage of Buddhist artifacts on display. It a must visit site if you have a desire to learn about Mongolia past. Recommend spending 2-3 hours at this site, taking in the sights. It should be noted that none of the temples are heated. If you visit in winter, strongly suggest you dress in warm clothing. This temple complex is open year-round (with reduced hours during the winter months). Hours of operation: 0900 - 1730 Tuesday - Saturday. Entrance fee: Adults / student / child (includes audio guide): T 8000 / 3000 / 1500; ($2.92 / $1.09 / $0.54 USA) . A charge of T 50,000 / 100,000 ($18.28 / $36.57 USA) is required for photography and video filming. The cost is excessive and not worth it. One item of interest one will note. The complex is surrounded by old Soviet drab style block apartment buildings and on the right side a modern blue glass skyscraper. What a contrast.
Written 11 December 2019
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Hai N
Melbourne, Australia156 contributions
Aug 2019
It is really great museum. Actually, it is a temple with a lot of old, ancient artifacts. I was really enjoying the visit. I am glad that I did not miss this.
Written 25 October 2019
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ggold113
Santa Fe, NM698 contributions
Sep 2019
It was very close to our hotel so we could just walk over after checking in on our first day in UB. It was a good introduction to the traditional religious architecture of Mongolia.
Written 6 October 2019
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Heinz I
Singapore59 contributions
Aug 2019
The authorities did a great job in restoring and maintaining this wonderful testimony of the past. It sets you back in time.
Written 29 August 2019
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tmuc
Berlin, Germany992 contributions
Aug 2019
The place is OK to visit but nothing special if you have time you can go there. But you don’t have to go inside.
Written 24 August 2019
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jacqui3744
Cheshunt, UK1,674 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Very Pricey to take photos, but dont miss much if you don't
Some attractive exhibits
Interesting, slightly run down, close to main square
Written 21 August 2019
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,490 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is an interesting calm oasis in the middle of city bustle. The photo juxtaposition of old buildings and modern skyscrapers is fascinating
It is cheap to enter, barely £3 equivalent
The statues, bronzes and figures inside are wonderful

But they really are extracting the yak-s**t by charging ~£25 for photo pass, and up to £250 for video pass.
Written 21 August 2019
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Mengyau
Singapore, Singapore580 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
It is a small and compact museum, built just over a hundred years ago. Located in the centre of the city just opposite Shangrila Mall, it is worth the visit if you are nearby. The Choijin Lama Temple appeals if you are interested in the religious development of Lamaist Buddhism is Mongolia. It has some old sculptures made by Zanabazar himself. Has lots of sculptures of religious deities and monks.
Written 16 August 2019
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David F
Da Nang, Vietnam4 contributions
Jul 2019
A must visit for at least an hour. An oasis surrounded by the boom city of Ulaanbaatar. At the entrance, look for the map of the city in the early 1900s. So much change in 100 years.
Written 7 August 2019
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