Visit to Aglag Buteel Monastery
How to get there: This monastery is located on the rocky and woody mountainside 100 km away to the northern west of Ulaanbaatar city. No public transportation.
Things to do: Photographing, Filming, Hiking, Trekking
This monastery is located on the rocky and woody mountainside 100 km away to the northern west of Ulaanbaatar city. When you arrive at the temple, the first thing you see is blue, white, and orange colored stupas which represents Mongolian 3 deities of the Root. A Blue stupa represents the Ochirvaani deity whose role is to protect Mongolian land and people, a white stupa represents the Janraisag deity who protects people from any sufferings and danger, and an orange one represents Manzushir deity who honors the mind. There is a paved road until the mountain skirt, then there’s a hiking trail to the temple. There are symbols of temple’s protective deities made by using unique formation of rocks and stones which is created like the animals from Buddhist legends.
There are 2 nature rocks sticking out of the ground inside and outside of the temple, and those were found when people started to build the foundation of the temple. They left those rocks as it was because when they tried to cut and remove them, sudden wildfire was arisen and they thought it was nature’s warning of not to affect those rocks. Fairytale like animals in this temple was made by G.Purevbat, who had the idea of building this temple. He used his collections of nature’s unique shaped rocks, tree roots, and other unique things to create these animals that he first saw in his meditation dreams.
On the second floor of the temple, there is a museum called Strange things. In the museum, you can see Purevbat’s collection of strange animal’s real exhibits. For example, there is an anaconda’s skin, giant crocodile’s skin, a skull of unicorn, 4 horned ram, 6 horned antelopes, 1 horned mountain goat, 6 horned hog, 5 headed fish with their description of where they found.
After visiting the temple and the museum, travelers can hike by the hiking trails where they are able to see weird shaped different natural rocks and trees.