CHOIJIN LAMA TEMPLE MUSEUM
The complex includes four temples originally dedicated to the brother of the ruler Bogd Khan, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, who was the state oracle at the time. Construction of the monastery commenced in 1904 and was completed four years later. It’s considered as one of the most beautiful monasteries of Mongolia. It ceased to operating as a place of worship in 1938 during political purge in Mongolia and turned into a museum in 1942. It was restored in 1960-1961. The Choijin Lama Temple Museum that was erected by Mongolian architects is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century. The museum has a fine collection of woodcarving, applique, 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 as well as colorful masks for Tsam Dance ceremony embroidered with corals, bronze statue of gods in erotic poses, silk tankas and many other artifacts. A concrete Ger inside the grounds has a good selection of reasonably priced souvenirs, and probably the best range of books about Buddhism and Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar.