Lama Temple

Apparently the centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Beijing, the Lama Temple is a popular tourist sight and one that's been on my to-visit list for years.Inside, we passed through several temple halls and courtyards, each with the usual incense burners and Buddhas.There were also Chinese style bell and drum towers.Inside, the Buddhas were particularly golden … Continue reading Lama Temple

Terelj National Park and Ariabal Monastery

The Terelj National Park is one of the most popular in Mongolia, famous for its rock formations and beautiful landscapes. I started the day wandering around the ger camp where we had just spent the night, soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the scene. Next, we headed out to explore, starting with the famous Turtle … Continue reading Terelj National Park and Ariabal Monastery

Trekking the Bodg Khan Mountain, Mongolia

On the train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, I got to know a really friendly Taiwanese guy who also ended up in the same hostel as me. Having spent a couple of days really exploring the city of Ulaanbaatar, today I teamed up with him for a private tour to the Bogd Khan Mountain for a … Continue reading Trekking the Bodg Khan Mountain, Mongolia

Dashchoilon Monastery

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. The 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 … Continue reading Dashchoilon Monastery

Pethub Stangey Choskhorling Monastery

This more modern monastery in Ulaanbaatar is located just a short walk from the Gandan Khiid, but considerably less crowded. It was founded in 1999 and is used primarily as a centre of Buddhist teaching. I was surprised at the style - a more modern twist on traditional Buddhist architecture.

Gandan Khiid Monastery

One of the most important monasteries in Mongolia, the Gandan Khiid is a must-see in Ulaanbaatar. Located just a 10 minute walk north of my hostel (and around 30 minutes from the Chinggis Khan square) it was one of the first sights to see on my list. The Tibetan-style monastery is actually a large complex of … Continue reading Gandan Khiid Monastery

Wuxi – Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot

Today, my roommate and I got up super early to catch a train from Shanghai to Wuxi, then a bus to the Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot. Coming from a buddhist background, she hoped to wish for good grades and prosperity - but invited me to come along to experience what she aptly described as a … Continue reading Wuxi – Lingshan Buddhist Scenic Spot