Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Erdene Zuu Monastery | Mongolia

Dating back to the the 16th century, Erdene Zuu is the oldest Buddhist Monastery In Mongolia. At its height, the monastery compound had more than 60 temples and 300 gers (yurts) inside its walls, with close to 1,000 monks in residence.

Today, Erdene Zuu is a walled compound surrounded by 108 stupas – 108 is a magical number in Buddhism. Inside, three temples survived from the 16th century.

The monastery is part of Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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