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By the time the Soviet Union first called for the liquidation of Mongolian monks and monastery sites in the 1920s, there were about 100.000 lamas in a population approximately of 700.000 people

During the Soviet Great Purge under Stalin, between 1937 and 1939, Soviet and Mongolian authorities executed thousands of lamas and destroyed more than 1000 Buddhist temples and monasteries which usually were the only fixed structures in a world of yurts.

Since the late 1940, one monastery, the Gandan Monastery, with a community of 100 monks, was open in Ulaanbaatar. It was the country's sole monastery and was more for international display than functionality.
A few of the old monasteries survived as museums

The leaders of the democratic revolution in 1990, began to identify and document the remains of magnificent wood and stone structures that for centuries served as the focus of Mongolian Buddhist culture

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After reading these and similar notes, I was touched watching in this empty Temple, a box for offends almost full of bills,(strange, there were many dollars) and a plate containing envelopes
I asked the guardian who told me that some pilgrims and tourists would visit and pray, leaving money if front of Buddha statue

It proves that Buddhist is still part of life in Mongolia

abmdsudi, Cricri, adramad, Miguel82, ikeharel has marked this note useful

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