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Zayain Khuree Monastery Khalkh Zaya Pandita Contemporary Zanabazar museum of Arkhangai Aimag



The museum of Arkhangai Aimag

The Museum of Arkhangai Aimag is one of the best in the country. It's housed in the temple complex Zayayn Gegeenii Sum, which was first built in 1586 but expanded in 1679, when it housed five temples and up to 1000 monks. Miraculously, the monastery escaped the Stalinist purges because it was made into a museum. The main hall concentrates on features of traditional Mongolian lifestyle, with exhibits of costumes, traditional tools, a ger, musical instruments, weaponry and saddles. The second hall concentrates on religious icons. The last hall focuses on local artwork.
Further up the hill there is a small abandoned temple. Behind the temple is a large, nearly vertical, rocky hill called Bulgan Uul, where there are some Buddhist inscriptions.

The huge granite massif known as Bulgan Uul rises to height of 7903 feet, over 2200 feet higher than the valley of the Tamir River just to the north. According to local tradition the massif is also known as Erdene (precious) Bulgan Uul. It has nine different parts, or peaks, each named after one of the Nine Precious Stones and Metals; gold, silver, bronze, pearl, coral, turquoise, brass, copper, and lapis lazuli. The northernmost part of the massif is known as Altan (gold) Bulgan Uul. It was at the base of Altan Bulgan Uul that in 1641, four years before the birth of Zanabazar, a rich local herdsman named Dugar constructed a temple for a lama named Sandui. Sandui had studied in the monasteries of Tibet and was renowned for his intelligent. He was said to be especially proficient at various magical practices. This temple was the foundation of what eventually became Zayain Khuree.

At street level the Buyandelgeruulekh Khiid is now the town's main functioning monastery.

Photo. Museum of Arkhangai Aimag.

Photo. Museum of Arkhangai Aimag.

Photo. Museum of Arkhangai Aimag.

Photo. Museum of Arkhangai Aimag.

Photo. Museum of Arkhangai Aimag.

Photo. Museum of Arkhangai Aimag.

Photo. Museum of Arkhangai Aimag.

Photo. Museum of Arkhangai Aimag.



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