AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY - MONGOLIA
Amarbayasgalant Khiid , near Darkhan in north-central Mongolia, was built in 1737 by the Manchurian king Kansu, who dedicated it to the great Mongolian Buddhist and sculptor, Zanabazar. . The communists found their way here in the 1930s and destroyed 10 of the 37 temples and statues. The monastery was being restored by Unesco from 1975 until reopening in 1990. At the present moment 30 monks live here within the age range of 7-90. There is big number of young monks (13) in between the age of 7 and 13, who have for a great part been picked up from orphanages around Mongolia.