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Photography Tour, Erdene Zuu Monastery, Kharakhorum, Mongolia: August 29, 2018

Erdene Zuu Monastery
After a night in Ulaanbaatar (UB), we were driven west 363 km/225 mi through the Mongolian steppes to Kharakhorum the site of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Kharakhorum was destroyed in 1388 by Ming dynasty troops.

108 stupas surround the monastery
Erdene Zuu, built in the 16th century, is Mongolia's largest monastery, and it may have been built with the ruins of the 13th century capital.

The Golden Stupa with ruins from 13th century Kharakhorum
We arrived early at Erdene Zuu Monastery so we could hear the monks chanting.

Temple of Lavrin

Throughout the morning worshipers arrived wearing beautiful, jewel-colored robes.

Basan Lama (the abbot of the monastery) gave us permission to photograph the inside of the temple during the ceremony. While Alison was chatting with Basan Lama, I took photos of a young monk sitting nearby. He studiously ignored me until I squatted down for a different perspective, almost falling over, and he smirked--just a little.

Two young monks blew conch shells in all directions.