Few of Mongolia’s temples or museums offer travelers as much color, culture and history as the Choijin Lama Temple and Museum that’s located in the heart of Ulaanbaatar. This stunning landmark was once home to Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama and opened in 1908. Like many places of worship, the temple closed when Mongolia fell under communist rule. And while religious freedom was returned to the nation in the 1990s, Choijin Lama Temple was converted into a museum, rather than a place of worship.
Visitors to this stunning destination will find five distinct temples dedicated to Buddhist teachers and various gods. The colorful rooms hold statues made of wood and bronze, portraits and religious deities, as well as paper machete masks and other items used in religious ceremonies.
Visitors can explore the temple museum on there own, or include it as a stop on a guided city tour. It’s close proximity to central Ulaanbaatar makes it an ideal stop for those exploring other museums or Genghis Khan Square.
The temple museum is located off of Jamyn Gunii Gudamj in Ulaanbaatar. It is open from 9am-7:30pm between June and September and 10am-4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday between October and May.