GANDAN MONASTERY - MONGOLIA
Most Buddhist Monasteries in Mongolia were destroyed during the communist regime, which lasted until 1990. One of the only to survive was Gandan Monastery (Ulaanbaatar). It's official name is Gandantegchinleng Khiid. This name signifies something like Great Place of Complete Joy or Great Way to the Cosmos. Currently Gandantegchinleng Monastery has over 400 monks. The monastery complex consists of Zanabazar Buddhist University (establised in 1970), three temples for Buddhist service and veneration of Avalokiteshvara, three Buddhist Colleges of Buddhist Philosophy, College of Medicine and Astrology and two Tantric College. The 40m high Buddha inside Gandantegchinlen is the most awe-inspiring image of Buddha .