Manzushir Monastery

On our horse trek in Mongolia, we camped near Manzushir Monastery and spent a morning exploring it. It was a beautiful place, and I’d like to share some pictures with you now.



Our forested campground.



Warming up with a bit of breakfast.



Walking toward the monastery.



A temple guardian.



A pagoda.


This monastery was built in 1733 to honor Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom. At its height, it housed 300 monks. This cooking pot could hold an entire cow or four sheep.


For scale, here is another guy on our horse trek, Sam, next to the cooking pot. The monastery was destroyed completely by the communist purges of the 1920s. But this pot was saved by being buried underground.



A tepee-like housing structure.



I don’t know enough Mongolian to interpret this.



Looking up the mountain.



The few ruins left.



On the gate to the monastery.



Today there is a museum where the main part of the monastery once stood.



Looking out over the valley beyond.



We waited until a grizzled old man came to open the museum for us. Later, a group of Korean tourists came through behind us.








These small mediation huts along with a few ruins are all that survived the destruction.





Manzushir Monastery is in a beautiful forested mountain area and is not all that far from Ulaanbaatar. There’s not an amazing amount to see, but it is a quiet, gorgeous place. You can arrange a tour out there with many of the tour companies or ride there with Stepperiders like we did.


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