Choijin Lama Temple Museum
Choijin Lama Temple Museum
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California2,958 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old school temple and skyscrapers
    Modest lil temple in the heart of UB. Didn’t think it was open when I passed by due to the fencing and stuff. Worth a visit. I really enjoyed this old and modest temple with skyscrapers in the background. As usual, admission charge and another charge for photo taking.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • triotravellers
    Australia11 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit underwhelming
    This is a small group of temple buildings in the centre of UB which has been saved from the property developers. Several of the buildings are closed off or under renovation at present. There are some interesting exhibits but I am not sure it was worth the T20,000 entrance fee. It is maybe worth doing as a side visit to the main square if you have spare time but I wouldn't go out of your way for this.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Alessandro F
    Milan, Italy26,453 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Six temples
    The complex consists in six temples originally occupied by the brother of the ruler the Eighth Bogd Jetsun Dampa Khan, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, who was the state oracle. The complex looks like an ancient temple but it was built in 1908. Unfortunately I can’t go inside, unbelievably the ticket office don’t accepted credit cards
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 30, 2023
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Most of the buildings show their age but the interiors are decorated exquisitely. Each one is different and the artwork is amazing. I thought it was very impressive.
Written April 6, 2024
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,940 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
The complex consists in six temples originally occupied by the brother of the ruler the Eighth Bogd Jetsun Dampa Khan, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, who was the state oracle.
The complex looks like an ancient temple but it was built in 1908.
Unfortunately I can’t go inside, unbelievably the ticket office don’t accepted credit cards
Written September 30, 2023
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triotravellers
Australia11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is a small group of temple buildings in the centre of UB which has been saved from the property developers. Several of the buildings are closed off or under renovation at present. There are some interesting exhibits but I am not sure it was worth the T20,000 entrance fee. It is maybe worth doing as a side visit to the main square if you have spare time but I wouldn't go out of your way for this.
Written September 15, 2023
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Mary 4
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This was probably the most interesting temple we visited. The temple had been closed during the Communist period, but was not destroyed. It was alive with monks as well as other believers.
Written August 20, 2023
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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA3,558 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Modest lil temple in the heart of UB. Didn’t think it was open when I passed by due to the fencing and stuff.
Worth a visit. I really enjoyed this old and modest temple with skyscrapers in the background.
As usual, admission charge and another charge for photo taking.
Written July 29, 2023
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Ian_from_Canberra
Canberra, Australia1,077 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The buildings here aren't that impressive, but a couple of them have good collections of Buddhist artefacts. The photography fee of 50k is extortion. I didnt pay it.
Written June 18, 2023
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Noah Harry
Rochester, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I think this monastery museum is the most instagramable. Because this temple is located in downtown and surrounded by glass buildings. Also, it has really impressive history
Written October 11, 2022
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Coldings
Copenhagen, Denmark583 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
When in UB you should take out 10-15 mins. just to walk around this old buddhist temple complex which is only a five min. walk from the central Djengis Khan Square. It offers great views of old Mongolia on a backdrop of modern steel & glass highrisers. I hope they will keep this pocket if history, esthetics and history.
Written November 3, 2021
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This temple museum is in the middle of downtown Ulaanbaatar just a short walk from Sukhbaatar Square. The complex was the home of Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama, (the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan). Construction of the monastery was undertaken in 1904 and completed in 1908. The Soviet regime closed the temple in 1938 and would have been demolished it. had it not been for financial issues. In 1942 it was reopened (as a museum) by the government) to remind the Mongolian population of the ‘feudal’ ways of the past and to demonstrate to the citizen of how time have changed under the rules of the new state. After the fall of the Soviet dominated Mongolia state in 1986, religious freedom in Mongolia was reestablished in 1990, this monastery is no longer an active place of worship. The site consists of six temples within the grounds. As you enter, the first temple you see the Maharaja Süm. The main temple features a statues of Sakyamuni (the historical Buddha). The mummified remains of Choijin Lama and Baltung Choimba are reportedly inside the statue. The temple boasts a large collection of religious instruments, thangka paintings, silk embroideries, wood carvings, statues, and a collection of cham dance masks. A magnificent statue of yab-yum and the throne is contained in the chapel located behind the main hall. The other temples are Zuu Süm, dedicated to Sakyamuni; it has papier-mâché sculptures of Buddha in the past, present, and future. The Yadam Süm is closed to the public. The fourth temple, the temple of peace, is dedicated to the reincarnation of Boghda Jevzundamba Undur Gegeen Zanabazar, The site has a rich heritage of Buddhist artifacts on display. It a must visit site if you have a desire to learn about Mongolia past. Recommend spending 2-3 hours at this site, taking in the sights. It should be noted that none of the temples are heated. If you visit in winter, strongly suggest you dress in warm clothing. This temple complex is open year-round (with reduced hours during the winter months). Hours of operation: 0900 - 1730 Tuesday - Saturday. Entrance fee: Adults / student / child (includes audio guide): T 8000 / 3000 / 1500; ($2.92 / $1.09 / $0.54 USA) . A charge of T 50,000 / 100,000 ($18.28 / $36.57 USA) is required for photography and video filming. The cost is excessive and not worth it. One item of interest one will note. The complex is surrounded by old Soviet drab style block apartment buildings and on the right side a modern blue glass skyscraper. What a contrast.
Written December 11, 2019
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Hai N
Melbourne, Australia191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It is really great museum. Actually, it is a temple with a lot of old, ancient artifacts. I was really enjoying the visit. I am glad that I did not miss this.
Written October 25, 2019
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