At a meeting of the Ulaanbaatar City’s Citizens Representative Council, it has been decided to make the area around the Choijin Lama Temple, car-free zone; streets to the east and west of the small complex will be allowed for pedestrian and cyclers only.
Located in the shadow of the Blue Sky Tower and only one block south of Sukhbaatar Square, the Choijin Lama Temple Museum is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th century. The monastery was created by Mongolian architects under the Bogd Khaan, the last spiritual and secular ruler of the nation. Nowadays, it houses an interesting museum, and is a highlight during the summer for cultural events, such as the famous Buddhist mask dances.
Recently, a working group has been formed for improving restoration of the Choijin Lama Temple and to protect the historic building. Making car-free streets will help decrease environment pollution around the temple and to develop a shopping street for tourists.