A freshly painted Buddha standing 26 meters tall in the Gandin Hid Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It's full name is Gandantegchinlen; built in 1840, and one of the largest and most important in Mongolia. It was not destroyed in the religious purge of 1937 however. An agent of the Mongolia KGB was installed as head monk in 1980 where he stayed until religious freedom was granted in Mongolia in 1990. Mongols visit the monastery where a full complement of monks studies and worships.
- ©2001 Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com
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