Ivolginsky Datsan

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Ivolginsky Datsan

recommendation by brett56_ca

This is a datsan (Buddhist Temple) located a short bus ride from the city of Ulan-Ude in Eastern Siberia.
I spent the summer studying in Siberia and this was the coolest thing I saw in all my travels - the spiritual centre of Buddhism in Russia, it is a complex of many temples, prayer wheels and statues which show off a mix of native Buryat culture, Russian and East Asian influences.
The stunning backdrop of the Siberian wilderness always behind you makes this a truly moving experience.

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