Manzushir Monastery and the legacy of religious persecution in Mongolia

Manzushir Monastery The last stop on our Tsagaan Sar trip was close to Ulaanbaatar, so we spent the night at home. Unfortunately, it was a reeaaally cold day, so I decided that this would be more of a reconnaissance trip for a later visit when the weather warms up a bit. I’d also really like … Continue reading Manzushir Monastery and the legacy of religious persecution in Mongolia

Our Tsagaan Sar. Or, why we never need to eat food again

Sunrise on Tsagaan Sar The next part of our trip was about experiencing Tsagaan Sar, “white moon,” the Mongolian celebration of the lunar new year. It’s a three-day holiday, this year falling on February 5, 6, and 7. The night before Tsagaan Sar is called Bituun, also a celebration. The point of Tsagaan Sar is … Continue reading Our Tsagaan Sar. Or, why we never need to eat food again

Kharkhorin: A visit to Mongolia’s former capital and its oldest monastery

Modern Karkhorin, with the Erdene Zuu monastery to the right I’m continuing from my last post about Elsen Tasarkhai and our ride on Bactrian camels. On Sunday, February 3, after lunch, we headed for Kharkhorin, for the next part of our trip around central Mongolia. On our way, we stopped off to clamber on some … Continue reading Kharkhorin: A visit to Mongolia’s former capital and its oldest monastery