|Temple at Erdene Zuu|
The city was founded in 1220 by Chinggis Khan. Kharkhorin was a cosmopolitan city that became the first trade center linking Asia and Europe. Marco Polo visited Kharkhorin and described its wonders in his account of his historic journey to Asia.
Kharkhorin was the capital of Mongolia for 140 years and the capital of the Mongol Empire for 32 years. Today the city has 7,000 residents and is off the beaten path - except for tourists.
Recently the Mongolian government has been discussing moving the capital back to Kharkhorin - a highly unlikely event. It does show the sentiment Mongolians feel toward their country and its past glories.
|Visitors at Erdene Zuu|
|Museum at Kharkhorin|
|Erdene Zuu - first impressions|
|Grand Stupa at Erdene Zuu|
|A closer view|
|Ger Temple at Erdene Zuu|
|Worshipers at prayer wheel|
|Buddha at temple in Erdene Zuu|
|Some of the 108 stupas|
|We enjoyed a dramatic sky the day we visited|
|Would you believe? - the Angel Moroni at Kharkhorin|