This more modern monastery is located just to the north of the city centre, and has to have been one of my favourite sights in Ulaanbaatar.

IMG_20160823_025255035The brightly coloured buildings are modelled on traditional Mongolian gers, although now made from concrete for durability. Apparently they originally formed part of the State Circus, perhaps explaining the colour schemes and more cheerful atmosphere.

The main temple is surrounded by metal prayer wheels, which worshippers spin while walking round chanting mantras.

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Inside, the temple is no less impressive – with beautifully detailed painting and wood carving work. The monk very kindly gave me permission to take a quick photo – they seemed a lot more welcoming of visitors here, perhaps because it is slightly off the main tourist path.

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Around the back of the complex, I came across this tall statue of Buddha, again surrounded by the cheerful prayer wheels.

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