CHOIJIN LAMA MONASTERY - MONGOLIA
Choijin Lama located in Ulaanbaatar is a former monastery built between 1904 and 1908. The monastery was still active until 1938. In 1941 the monastery was included on a list of historical and cultural monuments and was thus preserved throughout many periods of occupation and destruction of such monasteries. The Main Temple contains an impressive collection of original silk icons and some of the best tsam masks in the country. Tsam is a traditional ceremony where the lama's dress up in ornate costumes and masks and perform ritual dances. There are many original wooden and bronze statues of various gods, some created by G.Zanabazar, the famous Mongolian sculptor.