Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The Choijin Lama Temple Museum is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century. The monastery was erected by Mongolian architects. The temple was built between 1904 and 1908 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Janzandamba, and dedicated to his brother lama Luvsankhaidav. It was closed in 1938 and probably would have been demolished had it not been saved in 1942 to serve as a museum demonstrating the ‘feudal’ ways of the past. Although religious freedom in Mongolia recommenced in 1990, this monastery is no longer an active place of worship.

The museum has a fine collection of woodcarving, appliquй, embroidery and sculptures, dated as early as 17th century. The museum contains precious examples of Buddhist art including the paintings by Zanabazar,a renowned religious reformer and great artisan of 17th century as well as colourful masks for Tsam Dance ceremony embroidered with corals, bronze statue of gods in erotic poses, silk tankas and many other artifacts.
There are five temples within the grounds. As you enter, the first temple you see is the Maharaja Süm . The main temple features statues of Sakyamuni (the historical Buddha), Choijin Lama and Baltung Choimba (the teacher of the Bogd Khan), whose mummified remains are inside the statue. There are also some fine thangka s and some of the best tsam masks in the country.

 

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