This weekend we drove north to visit Amarbayasgalant monastery, notable because it is the only Mongolian monastery that survived the Stalinist purge in 1937. The drive was about 4 hours north on the main highway in Mongolia, which meant it was a nice quick drive up there. Enjoy the photos.
Amarbayasgalant is in a valley, and on the hill behind it are two statues that we walked up to. To the side of a monastery there was a mini-town that was abandoned for the winter, and the only other people we saw at the monastery during our visit was a Mongolian couple. It was lucky for us that they were there — we hadn’t arranged anything in advance, and despite the fact that visiting hours were displayed on the main temple, all buildings were locked and we wouldn’t have seen anything had this couple not come for their arranged visit. We followed them into the main temple to look, but we didn’t get any photos. But, we did get pictures of the outside, so enjoy.