'Great Place of Complete Joy'
The Gandantegchinlen Monastery is the main religious center in the country. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery was founded in the beggining of 19th century and still functions a place of worship - that why it is really woth visiting! Gandan Monastery functioned until 1937, when the communists closed all the temples in the country. Most of the monastery buildings were destroyed, only few survived. Buddhism was reborn after the end of communism in 1990. In a monastery you can meet old monks as well as the young boys learning to be monastics. Everyone should visit the monastery clockwise, do not move backwards or walk chaotically on the temples.