Vacations to Amarbayasgalant Khiid, Mongolia

Of all the monasteries in all of Mongolia, there’s one in particular that will live long in your memory. Amarbayasgalant Khiid is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples on the planet. You’ll find it nestled on its own in a valley, at the foot of Mount Burenkhan, miles away from any semblance of civilization. It’s no wonder its name translates to ‘the monastery of tranquil felicity’.

Amarbayasgalant Khiid is among the three largest monasteries in Mongolia. It dates back to the 18th century and was built to commemorate the great Zanabazar. The celebrated Buddhist was declared a spiritual leader at the age of just four years old. He went on to lead a life saturated with religious and political importance.

Somehow, Zanabazar also managed to be a great sculptor, painter, architect, poet, costume designer, scholar and linguist. It’s only fitting that such an impressive character has such an impressive monastery in his name. His remains have been at Amarbayasgalant Khiid since 1779.

The monastery complex is one of the prettiest you’ll visit. Its inscriptions, symmetricity, imperial colors and roof guardians are all in keeping with the Manchu style. It’s a wonder that one of the finest monasteries managed to survive the Stalinist Purges of the 1930s. Although perhaps it has something to do with the Selenge Valley. With no road in sight and surrounded with nothing but undulating hills, it is a true picture of serenity. It seems inconceivable that anyone could bring violence to these lands and disrupt the tranquil felicity.

Highlights

  • Visit one of the world’s most beautiful Buddhist temples

  • Explore one of the most intact monastery complexes in Mongolia

  • Lose yourself in the serenity of the Selenge River valley

  • Learn about the rich history of Amarbayasgalant Khiid

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