Choijin Lama Temple Museum


Visit Guide to Choijin Lama Temple Museum

The Choijin Lama Temple is a Buddhist monastery in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. The museum preserves a rich heritage of Buddhist artifacts. When the monasteries were being built in Mongolia, nearly over 700 monasteries had been built but among them, Choijin Lama Temple has highly distinctive features and history. This is a sublime heritage of Mongolians’ history of handcrafts, fine arts, and sculpting of the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Getting There

Located in central Ulaanbaatar directly south of Sukhbaatar square, the museum is open year-round (with reduced hours during the winter months).

What to Expect

Explanations of the almost overwhelming collection are not as detailed as they could be, but each temple has room attendants who can provide additional material. The museum itself and its objects also show the re-emergence of Buddhism in Mongolia after Communist repression, with a particularly interesting display on Buddhist cham dancing and its modern revival.


The complex was begun in 1904 and completed in 1908, in honor of the State Oracle Lama Lubsanhaidub /Losang Kedrup/, brother of the eighth Bogd Khan. The Choijin Lama Museum was originally a Buddhist temple complex, consisting of one main and five branch temples.

It was active until 1937, when it was closed during the height of Communist repression against Buddhism and other religious traditions. In 1938 the complex was re-established as museum due to skillful efforts of wise people. This was how it was saved throughout communism.

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