Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, formerly known as Green Palace, was built between 1893-1903 and served as an official residence of Mongolian Theocratic Ruler, the Bogd Khaan. His holiness the Bogd Khaan reigned over the country and conducted affairs of state and religion from the Green Palace up until he died in 1924. Those who would like to learn about Mongolia’s rich Buddhist art and culture, and revolutionist history of Mongolia’s independence movement between 1911-1921, the palace museum offers a welcoming opportunity. It may take a good two hours to grasp an overview of the artefacts in the palace museum.
A large collection of historical and valuable items that pertain to the 17th- the 20th-century Mongolian theocracy, politics, religion, art and culture is displayed by the museum including items and personal effects that belonged to the Bogds (Saints) of Mongolia, from the 1st Bogd Under Gegeen Zanabazar to the 8th Bogd Javzandamba Khutagt.
A must-see arts include “One day in Mongolia”, the 19th-century painting by Marzan Sharav, the 21 Tara sculptures that single cast and gold-gilded by the 1st Bogd Zanbazar in the 17th century, who is now known as Mongolia’s renaissance artist, equated with Michael Angelo.
Mongolian artist, B.Sharav displays individual style, personal vision, exceptional technique, and a synthesis of artistic influences in his works. His masterpiece ‘One day in Mongolia’ portrays social life and conditions of nineteenth-century Mongolia from historical, ethnographic, and religious perspectives.
The Green Tara, made using the bronze casting technique and gilt gold, is regarded as one of Zanabazar’s finest creations and is registered as a Priceless Item of Mongolian Culture and Heritage.
A ger, made of 150 skins of leopard, was presented to the Bogd Khan and was occasionally assembled in the wilderness to house Bogd Khan while he meditates. Nowadays, it’s one of the fascinating exhibits of the museum.
Displays of the museum continue with an ebony wood hat bestowed upon the Undur Gegeen Zanabazar from the 5th Dalai Lama, the exquisite black fox fur coat given to the Under Gegeen Zanabazar from the Manchu Qing Dynasty Emperor, ornamentation that features the 12 animals of the zodiac, and an impressive selection of ebony food furniture, and so on.