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Ganden monastery

This title is not really the best description for UB but for a Mongolian person it is probably apt as it by far the largest place in Mongolia (about half he entire population live here!) and it does have a city feel; plenty of traffic, some new office buldings and lots of hotels, pubs and restaurants.  To us after 2 weeks in the country it does feel like we have returned to civilisation.  As a consequence I feel in need of smartening up so take advantage of the surplus of hair studios along Peace Avenue to have a haircut and am pleased with the result.

Phil left for England this morning so yesterday on his last day we made a tour of the two main museums in UB, the Natural History museum and the National Museum.  Though not of the quality of musuems in western countries both are very interesting and well worth the 2500T entrance.  The National Museum has plenty about Chinggis Khan as you would expect. 

Today is a beautiful clear day so we walk to the Ganden monastery about one Km from the city centre.  The main temple here is particularly impressive, though not in fact that old (19th century).  As it is a Sunday there are lots of locals visiting and though they don't seem to have the absolute devotion of the Tibetans they do seem to be particularly enthusiastic prayer wheel turners.

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Ganden monastery
Ganden monastery
Ganden monastery
Ganden monastery
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photo by: Biedjee