Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ulan-Ude, cradle of Russian Buddhism | Russia & India Report

Ulan-Ude, cradle of Russian Buddhism | Russia & India Report

Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, located about 100 kilometers southeast of Lake Baikal. It is the third largest city in eastern Siberia by population. Until the mid-17th century, the region around Ulan-Ude was home to the Buryats, a Buddhist nomadic subgroup of the Mongols. The Buryats were originally nomadic herders, with cultural and language similarities to the Mongolians and religious similarities to Tibetan Buddhists.

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