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Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

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Address: Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
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+7 902 169-81-08

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A greg day trip from Ulan-ude

Very interesting place with great views across Ulan-ude. I recommend organising a guide to take you around the site as you are likely to get more from the trip.

Reviewed 21 October 2012
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

Very interesting place with great views across Ulan-ude. I recommend organising a guide to take you around the site as you are likely to get more from the trip.

3 Thank northernsole
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2012

Wander around the monastery village and attend various ceremonies, bringing you to a place that you surely didn't expect to find in Russia

1 Thank meinhard
Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Very impressive monastery, especially in winter time! Join a guided tour with zabaikalom.com, you'll get the best tour there you can imagine! It's the best agency we've found in the whole baikal region, very helpful and friendly people! Try also a tour to the village of the ancient believerers - very interesting and strange. You definitly get better experience in... More 

1 Thank Martin W
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2011

You should be able to reach Ivolginks Datsan comfortably within an hour by car from Ulan Ude. The journey takes you across rolling plains, past wooden houses and village churches. A notable - and moving - landmark is the hill side with the famous mantra 'Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum' set out in white stone. The monastery emerges from... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2011

The feeling that it is a working monastery. It does not make any concessions to tourists in the sense that there are information boards, interpretation panels etc. It was very useful to have local colleagues with us who could warn us what to do in the temples.

1 Thank cesta20
Sucre, Bolivia
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Reviewed 2 November 2010

A little way out of the city of Ulan Ude is Ivolginsky Datsan, a Tibetan monastery which looks pretty spectacular - a complex of beautiful brightly coloured temples nestled in the snow against an impressive backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Before the revolution there were loads of similar ones but most were shut down and the monks sent to gulags in... More 

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