TIC 2.1 - AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY
AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY: This monastery was built in memory of Bogd Zanabazar‘s
skills, wisdom, intellect, accomplishment, talent, artistic skill and a wisdom,
by the order Manchu Emperor Enkh-Amgalan khaan in 1725. Bogd Zanabazar was a
great leader. Amarbayasgalant translates to “peaceful happiness”. When looking
for a site to build the temple, the exploratory group met a boy and a girl
named Amar and Bayasgalant, respectively. These children were playing in a
steppe, due to their nature it was decided that a future monastery at that site
would be built and named after those children.
When Buddhism was flourishing in
Mongolia, the monastery had over 50 temples, 6.000 monks. Today 28 monasteries
of the original 40 still stand. During the anti buddhist purges in 1937-1938,
hundreds of monks were repressed; their rare deities, artifacts, thangka,
statues, and manuscripts were looted without rebuilding or compensation.
Later in 1943, The Amarbayasgalant
monastery was taken under state protection and reconstructed. The temple has
kept the ashes from the burials of III, IV Bogd, they have become religious
The monastery keeps many important
original scripts of cultural heritage, these include: the 108 volumes of
Ganjuur, and the 226 volumes of Danjuur. The original script of these volumes were
written in 1628 and they contain 1260 parts including ancient philosophy,
medicine, geography, art, science, music and astronomy.
Next to the Amarbayasgalant
monastery, there is a stupa called “Jarun hashor” or “lost the promise”. The
legend of this stupa is that, in order to accumulate merit a good hearted old
lady wished to build a stupa. To accomplish this she first asked permission
from the king. The kings reply stated that she could do as she wished. The old
lady started building the stupa with the help of 4 boys and 1 servant. The
local ministries refused it and pleaded to the king that a poor lady building a
stupa would be harmful to the king’s reputation and to the ministries. The king
replied that he had already given permission to her, and that he would not
break the promise. That is why the stupa is called “Jarun hashor” or “lost the
promise”. Also, it is called the “Eye stupa”, because if the prayers look at
the eye on the stupa, all their sin goes away. There is also a 13 m tall Bogd
Zonkhoba image with his 2 disciples and 108 stairs.
2 DAYS TOUR: AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY
(By car 800 km)
- (09:00) Drive to
the north to Amarbayasgalant monastery.
- Visit to the Amarbayasgalant monastery.
- In the evening visit to a nomadic family.
- Horseback riding
for 1 hour.
- Visit to Jarun khashor stupa & statue of Zonkhov buddha.
- Drive back to Ulaanbaatar city.
- Lunch in Darkhan city. (19:00)
- 1 pax: 430 $ per
- 2 pax: 230 $ per
- 3 pax: 180 $ per
- 4 pax: 150 $ per
lunch, dinner, overnight, chauffeured
vehicle, gasoline, interpreter
guide, horse guide, visit
to nomads, horseback
fees for monasteries, entry fees for museum, tax
for national park, ticket
for complex & road
& photo taxes,drinks, emergency
land rescue if required, personal
items of purely nature, tips etc ….