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“Do not expect much”

Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ivolginsk
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Yes used to be the first and the only one buddhist monastery in Soviets, yes it is the residence of the Head lama for Russia, yes it is the place where Imperishable Itigelov gives blessings to believers. But there is a market right on the territory, a stadium in front of the main gate and it takes 50 rubles for visiting the monastery...
Please make sure you are not expecting something really "special" from this place before you go there. It is just one of the places you visit.

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Reviewed 25 March 2013

This monastery really embodies the cultural diversity of Russia and of the Buryatia republic: a beautiful Buddhist enclave near Ulan-Ude. It's definitely worth going to see the architecture and feel the vibe of the settlement.

3  Thank LassiK
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

It is very interesting and a great place to get the feeling of the people. Still active as a religious place of worship.

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Reviewed 31 January 2013

Easy to access with a public bus from Ulan Ude (change in the Verkhnyaya Ivolga village to the obvious onward marshrutka), it is worth a half day trip - or longer, if you're into Buddhism. When I visited, it was possible to join or observe a puja ritual. There are several temples, stupas and other significant buildings, all astoundingly beautiful amidst the wilderness. You may want to pack snacks, there wasn't a lot of choice in the café when I visited.

Thank lepekomu
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

While the surrounding landscape was covered by snow, Ivolginsk Datsan was easily spotted from the car due to it's colorful decorations. We spent over an hour walking around exploring the temple grounds, ignoring the -15C weather outside. Definitely worth the visit, just check out my pictures, simply stunning!

3  Thank Zandbak
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