Largest monastery and temple complex in use in Mongolia which was built in 1810, partly destroyed and reconstructed 1990. It contains one of the biggest standing Buddha in Asia (26m high). The Central Buddhism Monastery - Gandan Tegchinlen is the one of Ulaanbaatar's most interesting sights and most important Buddhism monastery in Mongolia. It was built in 1840 named as a Yellow Temple, it is the only monastery where Buddhist services continued during the communist years of against religion. Temples are crowded by visitors during religious services that start at 9 a.m. and last until mid day. Also it is the central place for major religious ceremonies and festivals, including Tsam dance, custom of Maidar ergeh, Mandala orgoh etc.
Megjid Janraisag Temple
The Megjid Janraisig Temple is an important part of Gandan Monastery. The temple house of the majestic new gilded statue of Megjid Janraisig, decorated with jewels and contains a storehouse of precious items including sutras, medicinal herbs, bundles of Buddhist mantras. A chapel for 26 meters high 20 tons of statue of Megjid Janraisag god was erected in 1911 as a symbol commemorating the Mongolia's independence and end of Manchu domination. This statue is a copy of another statue that was destroyed in the 1920's by communists. Time of WW II the statue was taken to Russia to be used as scrap metal for shells The main statue was rebuilt with donations of Mongolians such as a symbol of Buddhism in the mid 1990's