Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Kharkhorin

Erdene Zuu Khiid

Founded in 1586 by Altai Khaan, Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It had between 60 and 100 temples, about 300 gers inside the walls and, at its peak, up to 1000 monks in r…
Top Choice Museum in Kharkhorin

Karakorum Museum

Kharkhorin's new museum is small, but highly impressive – probably the country's best museum outside Ulaanbaatar. Everything is beautifully designed and well displayed. The building is fully air-conditioned, there a…
Monastery in Kharkhorin

Shankh Khiid Monastery

Buddhist Site in Kharkhorin


The monastery is enclosed in an immense walled compound. Spaced evenly along each wall, about every 15m, are 108 stupas (108 is a sacred number to Buddhists). The three temples in the compound – Baruun Zuu, Zuu of B…
Buddhist Site in Kharkhorin

Other Sights

Apart from the main temples, there are several other interesting things to see. The gravestones of Abtai Khaan (1554–88) and his grandson Tüshet Khaan Gombodorj (the father of Zanabazar) stand in front of the Dalai …
Ruins in Kharkhorin

Ancient Karakorum

Just beyond the closest stone turtle, stretching for about 1km east, is the site of ancient Karakorum. The foundations of Karakorum’s buildings are all underground and little has been excavated, so you need lots of …
Historic Site in Kharkhorin

Stone Turtles

Outside the monastery walls are two stone turtles. Four of these sculptures once marked the boundaries of ancient Karakorum, acting as protectors of the city (turtles are considered symbols of eternity). The turtles…