The Gandan Monastery is a Tibetan-style Buddhist monastery (inspired by the Potala Palace in Lhasa) that holds deep cultural and spiritual significance. Its original Tibetan name can be translated as "The Great Place of Complete Joy." The monastery is home to a magnificent 26.5-meter-high statue of Megjid-Janraiseg, representing Avalokiteshvara, a compassionate form of Buddha.
This colossal statue underwent a restoration in 1996, thanks to generous donations of gold from Nepal and Japan. Adorned with gold and precious gemstones, it weighs over 20 tons and is elegantly draped in 100 kilograms of silk garments. The craftsmanship and intricate details of the statue exemplify the artistic mastery and devotion of the Buddhist artisans.
The Gandan Monastery provides a serene and spiritual atmosphere, inviting visitors to explore its sacred halls, chant in prayer, and observe the rituals performed by the resident monks. The complex is not only a place of worship but also an important center for Buddhist studies and education in Mongolia.
Stepping into the monastery, you'll encounter a profound sense of tranquility, as the fragrant aroma of incense fills the air and the resonant sound of monks' chants echoes through the halls. The colorful and intricately painted murals, the flickering light of butter lamps, and the sound of spinning prayer wheels create a sacred ambiance that transports you into the heart of Tibetan Buddhist culture.
A visit to the Gandan Monastery offers a glimpse into the spiritual essence of Mongolia and provides an opportunity to witness the devotion and rich traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in this unique and revered sanctuary.
Included in the following tours :
Khongor Sand Dunes- Khongorin Els in the Gurvan Saikhan National Park - Park of the "3 beauties"
Otgontenger mount in Zavkhan province