This is Amarbayasgalant Khiid in Selenge Aimag in northern Mongolia. The monastery was constructed between 1726-1736, when Mongolia was under heavy Manchu influence and this influence can be seen today. constructed between 1726 – 1736, when Mongolia was under heavy Manchu influence. Amarbayasgalant was built to honour the memory of Zanabazar – the first spiritual and political leader in Mongolia and considered one of the greatest Renaissance artists in Asia (he was revered as a sculptor, artist, politician and religious teacher). After he died his remains where brought to be buried in this monastery.
Often guests mention on booking that they would like to see a monastery but that they’re a little worried about getting ‘templed out’.
That’s why Amarbayasgalant is such a fantastic place to visit. It is situated in a haven of rugged beauty in the cul-de-sac of a long, deep valley backed by Mount Buren-Khaan against which the monastery is built. The valley is well-watered by the Iver River and has long provided an essential water source for nomadic herders and their livestock. There are fantastic day-hikes and horse treks here which make it a great location for exploring its isolated and quiet landscapes.