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Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

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Address: Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
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Unique and inviting Buddhist Complex

This complex houses numerous temples, prayer edifices, souvenir shops, and homes, all full of character. As an architectural attraction each building is delightful and they're... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 August 2014
Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

This complex houses numerous temples, prayer edifices, souvenir shops, and homes, all full of character. As an architectural attraction each building is delightful and they're constantly working to expand and improve the grounds. The monks pray actively each day and allow visitors to observe, providing a small window into their devoted worship. The Datsan also had the best souvenir shopping... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

the temples are beautiful, still in use, and are a big contrast from the cathedrals and kremlins you'll see elsewhere in russia. it's also not hard to get there and it's cheap, so it's worth doing for a few hours. expect to spend an hour getting there, an hour there, and an hour getting back, i'd say. i didn't have... More 

6 Thank Lindsey B
Ulan-Ude, Russia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

Yes used to be the first and the only one buddhist monastery in Soviets, yes it is the residence of the Head lama for Russia, yes it is the place where Imperishable Itigelov gives blessings to believers. But there is a market right on the territory, a stadium in front of the main gate and it takes 50 rubles for... More 

3 Thank Darimaa N
Helsinki, Finland
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419 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

This monastery really embodies the cultural diversity of Russia and of the Buryatia republic: a beautiful Buddhist enclave near Ulan-Ude. It's definitely worth going to see the architecture and feel the vibe of the settlement.

3 Thank LassiK
Salta, Argentina
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

It is very interesting and a great place to get the feeling of the people. Still active as a religious place of worship.

Thank chi5026
Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2013

Easy to access with a public bus from Ulan Ude (change in the Verkhnyaya Ivolga village to the obvious onward marshrutka), it is worth a half day trip - or longer, if you're into Buddhism. When I visited, it was possible to join or observe a puja ritual. There are several temples, stupas and other significant buildings, all astoundingly beautiful... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

While the surrounding landscape was covered by snow, Ivolginsk Datsan was easily spotted from the car due to it's colorful decorations. We spent over an hour walking around exploring the temple grounds, ignoring the -15C weather outside. Definitely worth the visit, just check out my pictures, simply stunning!

3 Thank Zandbak
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Authentic. Not a tourist trap. I would have liked to know about the beliefs and what each temple meant.

2 Thank sss72
Ulan-Ude, Russia
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012

The feelings I have got there were amazing. The people around are very kind and nice. The architecture is incredible.

2 Thank Tatyana R
Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

If you are interested in buddhism, you just have to visit it!! It´s not so easy to reach the place. We used marshutkas, it was Ok, but you have to speak at least some Russian in order to find the right bus, time etc. And spend at least some hours there, the place is worth it!!

2 Thank ullake

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