Tuvkhun Monastery

Central Mongolia travel destinations: Tuvkhun MonasteryTuvkhun Monastery located prominently on top of a forested Mountain Shiveet-Ulaan at the boundaries of Arkhangai and Uvurkhangai aimags, 40km north-west of Khujirt sum of Uvurkhangai aimag. The monastery was established in 1651 by Saint Zanabazar, Bogdo Zanabazar, also known as Undur Gegeen Zanabazar and Bogd Jebtsundamba (1635-1723), sculptor and spiritual leader of Mongols, the grandson of Avtai Sain Khan and a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. Since 1992 the monastery stands under state protection and was restored in 2001. Originally, Tuvkhun Monastery consisted of 4 temples, 2 stupas. Its buildings have Tibetian and Mongolian architectural influences. Tourists can reach the monastery by hiking about 5km from the bottom of the mountain. Attractions: horse tethering place post and seats of Undur Gegeen Zanabazar, Mother Cave, Swaddling Cave, which have interesting ancient legends.

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