Exhibition on the 70th anniversary of Mongolia-China ties opensArt & Culture
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between Mongolia and China, Choijin Lama Temple and China Cultural Center in Ulaanbaatar opened a photo exhibition on the process of reconstruction of the temple.
The exhibition features photographs of Mongolian and Chinese engineers working on the Choijin Lama Temple reconstruction, shoot by renowned Czech archaeologist Lumir Jisl, soviet photographer G.I.Borovka, Danish citizen K.P.Albertsen and Japanese photographer Sugiyama Teruzosome, most of which were displayed for the first time.
Choijin Lama Temple was built in 1908 by the team of Mongolian craftsmen led by Ombo. The complex consisting of two temples operated with over 50 lamas and was closed in 1930. In 1938, at the order of Prime Minister of the Republic of Mongolia A.Amar and Marshal Kh.Choibalsan, the temple was entrusted to the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and then re-established as museum. The temple, a unique work of architecture, and the religious items were taken under protection.
According to the agreement established between the Government of the Republic of Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China in 1952, Yu Ming Chen, Chinese engineer specialized in ancient buildings, and technician LiZhu Quan developed a general plan on reconstruction of the Choijin Lama Temple and Bogd Khan’s Winter Palace in 1957. Thus, Mongolian and Chinese engineers jointly reconstructed the museum between 1959 and 1960.