A Korean restaurant in Nairamdal park. It has scores of truly delicious Korean dishes with lots of fresh vegetables and salads. If you are a vegetarian and have found slim pickings in rural Mongolia, this is the place to go for a feast! Not cheap by Mongolian standards, but very reasonable by Western standards.
Sit on the glassed-in terrace with a view over the park if you are having a la carte, or in the red-carpeted interior if you are going for the buffet. The menus have helpful pictures and English translations.
Off Chinggis Avenue in the south of Nairamdal park. 326554
Chojin is one of the most accessible Buddhist Temples in the Mongolian capital. Situated in what appears to be a large car park, with a view of distant mountains, it is within easy walking distance of Peace Avenue and many of the hotels. Although it is now a dedicated museum rather than a fully functioning temple, it still has a calm atmosphere and provides a good 'taster' for the other temples you may visit. When I visited in May this year it was almost deserted, but felt fine to walk around on my own.
The several scattered temple buildings have the common carved wooden pillars and lintels, intricately painted and gilded. The dim interiors are crowded with jewelled figures and rich tapestries. (Note that taking pictures outside is fine but if you take photos inside you will be asked for money!)
All the levels of life and death are here portrayed. For anyone who thought that Buddhism was all sweetness and light, all the tortures of hell are graphically depicted; freezing, boiling, being skewered and roasted and -apparently a fate worse than death - having camels afflicted with worms!
There is a special level of hell reserved for people with huge bellies and tiny throats. Their appetite is enormous but forever insatiable. (The woman who pointed these out to me was a visiting Russian expert on Tibetan and Mongolian antiquities and undoubtedly was putting an anti-consumerist slant on all this.) There is a well-stocked souvenir and bookshop housed in a 'ger' in the grounds.
In the block just north of Nairamdal(friendship) park and south of Jamyan Gun Street.Tel 324 788
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