Amarbayasgalant | Амарбаясгалант

08-DSC_0175This 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.

A view of the monastery and the valley, taken from the back of the monastery.
A view of the monastery and the valley, taken from the back of the monastery.

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The main temple.
The main temple.
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These small figures on the corners of each roof are protectors of the temples.

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The inside of one of the locked temples.
The inside of one of the locked temples.
It looks like they are restoring the buildings -- on one of the outside walls there were stacks of ceramic tiles for the roof.
It looks like they are restoring the buildings — on one of the outside walls there were stacks of ceramic tiles for the roof.

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Statue number 1. You can see the two doggie friends we made while there -- they were sooo sweet, and they had the cutest puppies. It's amazing we didn't come home with a dog on this trip.
The first statue — You can see the two doggie friends we made while there — they were sooo sweet, and they had the cutest puppies. It’s amazing we didn’t come home with a dog on this trip.

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Statue number 2 was actually sort of like a large building, but that you can't go inside of.
The second statue was actually sort of like a large building, but that you can’t go inside of.

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A view of the Monastery: behind it is the golden Buddha,  to the right is the monks' living quarters (we think), and to the left is the abandoned shops for visitors and tourists.
A view of the Monastery: behind it is the golden Buddha, to the right is the monks’ living quarters (we think), and to the left is the abandoned shops for visitors and tourists.

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