Religious, Spiritual sights in Terelj Area
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Surrounded by magnificent forests and not far from a lovely river, the Baruun Bayan Gol, the Buddhist temple of Günjiin Süm was built in 1740 by Efu Dondovdorj to commemorate the death of his Manchurian wife, Amarlangui. Once part of a huge monastery containing about 70 sq metres of blue walls, five other temples and a tower, Günjiin Süm is one of very few Manchurian-influenced temples in Mongolia to survive over the centuries.
Only the main temple, and some of the walls of the monastery, remain. Unlike most other monasteries in Mongolia, Günjiin Süm was not destroyed during the Stalinist purges, but simply fell into ruin from neglect, vandalism and theft.