Manzushir Monastery Ruins

On the south side of Bogd Khan mountain, about ten kilometers north of Zuunmod, lies the ruins of Manzushir. The monastery was founded in this valley in 1733. At the beginning of the 20th century, several hundred monks lived here. In the 1930s, the monastery with its 17 buildings was completely destroyed. Today, only the remains of the foundation walls can be seen. The site was reopened in 1994, and the ruin has been a listed building since 1998. There is a small museum that illuminates the historical background and shows pictures of the former monastery. Interesting drawings with lamatic motifs and figures from the 18th century are on the rocks above the monastery. Impressive is also a 1800 liter and two tonne copper kettle in which food for pilgrims and monks was cooked. You could cook two cattle or ten sheep at the same time. There are old steles from the 6th and 7th centuries near the monastery grounds. Not only the Turkic people have left their mark here, one of the main camps of Chinggis Khan is said to have been here. The Tibetan architectural style can even be recognized by the ruins. Most visitors come from Ulaanbaatar with their own driver or as part of guided tours to the monastery. There is no public transport to get there. You can also take a mini-bus to Zuunmod, which is about 45 kilometers south of Ulaanbaatar, and then take a taxi from there for the almost ten kilometers, but bus connections are scarce, which is why it is not recommendable.