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Welcome to the great datsan near Ivolginsk

[Outside of the monastry grounds]

Outside of the monastery grounds

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All photographs by Thijlbert Duvekot.

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Buriat culture is historically strongly connected to Mongolia. The Mongolians and the tribes under Mongolian influence were converted to Lamaism in the 16th century a.d. After the breakup of the Soviet Union religious activity flourishes again and many new monasteries are now under construction. This site covers one of two buddhist monasteries in Russia that stayed open during communist rule.