Gandan Khiid Monastery in Ulan Bator (sometimes spelt Ulaan Baator).
The Tibetan style standing gold Buddha is in the building at left. The 3 tourists wouldnt leave & I gave up waiting for them to move after 25 minutes. But they add scale.
"The Gandantegchinlen Khiid Monastery, commonly known as Gandan Monastery, is a Tibetan-style monastery in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar that has been restored and revitalized since 1990. The Tibetan name translates to the "Great Place of Complete Joy." It currently has over 150 monks in residence. It features a 26.5-meter-high statue of Migjid Janraisig, a Buddhist bodhisattva also known as Avalokitesvara. It came under state protection in 1994.
The monastery was established in 1835 by the Fifth Jebtsundamba, then Mongolia's highest reincarnated lama. It became the principal center of Buddhist learning in Mongolia.
In the 1930s, the Communist government of Mongolia, under the leadership of Khorloogiin Choibalsan and under the influence of Joseph Stalin, destroyed all but a few monasteries and killed more then 10.000 lamas.
Gandantegchinlen Khiid monastery, having escaped this mass destruction, was closed in 1938, but then reopened in 1944 and allowed to continue as the only functioning Buddhist monastery, under a skeleton staff, as a token homage to traditional Mongolian culture and religion. With the end of communism in Mongolia in 1990, restrictions on worship were lifted. See Mongolian Buddhism for details."
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snunney (94993) 2007-12-16 1:09
A crisp and clear composition with good balance. The stone flags in the foreground introduce some nice geometric lines. Good colours and clarity.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-12-16 1:17
Beautiful architecture image with amazing colours and details. I like the the fine composition and the superb lights, clarity is excellent. Well done! Have a nice Sunday
Gustaw (21670) 2007-12-16 2:03
Hi, my friend!
Next interesting view from Mongolia. Very interesting. I like your composition. Very oryginal and for me exotic architecture. Well done.
brandstaetter (15915) 2007-12-16 2:12
Hi Chris, that´s what TE is for. To have a good impression of other cultures and distant places. Well photographed and good note.
pablominto (53746) 2007-12-16 2:18
This is a fine point of view on the lovely buildings!
The great light in these parts results in rich vivid colours including the fine sky...
Effective composition, good lines!
jurek1951 (42196) 2007-12-16 3:49
Great control of light. Splendid colors and a beautiful architecture.
Gerrit (51926) 2007-12-16 6:38
Beautiful temple on its concrete base. The colour contrast is excellent here and teh POV very good.
Cormac (26563) 2007-12-16 8:56
Great shot of the monestary, with a good angle chosen to be able to show both the buildings at the same time. Great colour too, very bright and eye catching, and the presence of the people on the steps adds a lot to this as it hmanizes the subject. Nicely done!
ysabaner (1069) 2007-12-16 12:53
Thank you very much for photographs, actually wonderful, interesting and exotic, well done.
danyy (0) 2007-12-16 15:17
un clin d'oeil agréable à cette architecture de l'Orient, avec des lumières parfaites cette fois et des couleurs bien marquées.
Il a l'air de faire bien calme à cet endroit.
Dommage pour ces fils électriques vraiment mal placés.
cessy (13647) 2007-12-17 7:29
beautiful place, wonderful colors
it seems to me that there is a little bit overexposed but you managed to overcome and get wonderful result
the composition is very good
have a nice week
saylan-cb (12738) 2007-12-17 8:31
Very nice shot...
Silvio1953 (136829) 2007-12-17 10:35
Hi Chris, splendid monastery with wonderful colors, great view of fascinating architecture, very well done, ciao Silvio
toto (0) 2007-12-18 0:25
Belle photo de ce monastère très jolis, belles couleurs et bonne netteté, jolis détails sur ces toit superbes, ces sculptures a l' entrée. Bon POV qui nous montre une grande partie avec la perspective.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-12-18 0:27
Very nice view of the Gandan Khiid Monastery. Excellent colours, POV and details
TFS and greetings
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-12-18 0:32
This is a beautifull vision of these temples. beautifull light and colors.
The sky also is so pure.