Ovorhangay Aymag Travel Guide

  • Inside Erdene Zuu monastery
    Inside Erdene Zuu monastery
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    Close-up of plots of land
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    Town view from Mongol Empire monument
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  • Phallic Rock

    Erdene-Dzuu Things to Do

    If you have some time, it is worth looking for the bizarre 'phallic rock', which points erotically to something interestingly called a 'vaginal slope'. It is surrounded by a stone fence, hidden up a small valley, and visible from the main road to Ulaanbaatar, about 1km from Kharkhorin. Legend has it that the rock was placed here in an attempt to...

  • Turtle rocks

    Erdene-Dzuu Things to Do

    Outside the monastery walls are two 'turtle rocks'. 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 originally had an inscribed stone stele mounted vertically on their back.One is easy to find: just walk out of the northern gate of...

  • Destruction and reconstruction

    Erdene-Dzuu Things to Do

    Virtually the whole monastery site was destroyed during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. All but three of the temples were destroyed and an unknown number of monks were either killed or shipped off to Siberia and never heard from again. These photo's in a souvenir shop in a ger outside the Lavrin Temple show the extent of the destruction as well...


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