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AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY

Amarbayasgalant Monastery or the "Monastery of Tranquil Felicity", is one of the three largest Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia. The monastery complex is located in the Iven Valley near the Selenge River, at the foot of Mount Buren-Khan in Baruunburen sum (district) of Selenge Province in northern Mongolia. The nearest town is Erdenet which is about 60km to the southwest.

The monastery was established and funded by order of Manchu emperor Kang Xi or Enkh-Amgalan Khan to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar (1635–1723), the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, or spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism for the Khalkha in Outer Mongolia. According to tradition, while searching for an appropriate site to build the monastery, the exploratory group came across two young boys, Amur and Bayasqulangtu, playing in a field on the steppe. They were inspired to build the monastery on that very spot and to name it after the two children, Amur-Bayasqulangtu. Construction took place between 1727 and 1736 and Zanabazar's remains were transferred to a newly created temple in 1788.

Unlike the Erdene Zuu monastery, which is an ensemble of temple halls of different styles, Amarbayasgalant shows great stylistic unity. The overriding style is Chinese, with some Mongol and Tibetan influence. Originally consisting of over 40 temples, the monastery was laid out in a symmetrical pattern, with the main buildings succeeding one another along a North-South axis, while the secondary buildings are laid out on parallel sides.

Amarbayasgalant was one of the very few monasteries to have partly escaped the destruction during the Stalinist purges of 1937, after which only the buildings of the central section remained. Many of the monks were executed by the country's communist regime and the monastery's artifacts, including thangkas, statues, and manuscripts were luted or hidden until more fortunate times.

Today, only 28 temples remain. Restoration work began in 1988 with funds provided by UNESCO and some of the new artifacts were commissioned in New Delhi, India.
 



 

AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY

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AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY

Duration: 3 days /2 nights
Date: June-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1
   Ulaanbaatar – Amarbayasgalant Monastery
After meeting in Ulaanbaatar we start driving to Amarbaysgalant monastery early morning. We will arrive by lunch time and after lunch at ger camp restaurant we will visit the exotic Amarbaysgalant monastery and enjoy its history. Hiking in and around the monastery and take good pictures. Amarbaysgalant monastery was established by order of Manju Emperor King Enkh-Amgalan Khan built between "1727-1736" for giving respect to his teacher Undur Gegeen Zanabazar. The monastery consists of over 30 temples. It is one of the less destroyed monasteries in Communist time and Mongolian government protected it since 1943. It is an excellent place to enjoy the Buddhist cultural heritages of Mongolia. Overnight stay in ger camp. (L/D) 380km

Day 2   Amarbayasgalant Monastery
In the morning you will witness a praying ceremony held by the 50 monks living in the monastery. Then we go to a horse-breeding family and you will have an impression of the daily life of the nomads living in this valley. After lunch we will hike and also go on horseback riding for 1-2 hours. Overnight stay in ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 3   Amarbayasgalant Monastery - Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast drive back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way we stop for lunch at Mongolian Secret History Tourist Camp. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon, check-in to local hotel. End of service. (B/L) 380km

SERVICE INCLUDES
Accommodation in ger camp 2-3pax sharing basis, meals as listed, transport to/from Ulaanbaatar, horseback riding for 1-2 hours, local taxes, English speaking guide, drinking water.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
Travel insurance, beverages and personal expenses, gratuities.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY

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