Tuvhun Monastery

Töwchön Chiid (Mongolian Төвхөн хийд ) is a Buddhist, monastery founded in 1653 in the province of Öwörchangai Aimag in Mongolia.

Geographical location

The monastery Töwchön Chiid located about 60 km west of the town of Kharkhorin on one side of the valley of the Orkhon River in the Khangai Nuruu National Park, on Mount Ulaan Uul Schiret (1600 m).


The monastery was founded in 1653 by Töwchön Chiid Dsanabadsar, who lived 30 years and worked here. The place he should have chosen on his 19th birthday. When it was enlarged in the 18th century at the instigation of the main lamas of the monastery Erdene Dsuu, was the construction of the still preserved stupas. The monastery included two sacred trees, the Mahakala and Tara were called.

1937 Töwchön Chiid - like nearly all other monasteries and temples in Mongolia in connection with anti-Buddhist riots under the then party and government Chorloogiin Choibalsan - destroyed. The reopening took place in 1993. The Bold Temple, the main building of the monastery, was built in 1997 again, the stupa in 1998 and the other buildings in 2001.

Plant and buildings

From the relatively compared to other monasteries of Mongolia small monastery has a beautiful view of the surrounding forests and the valley of the Orkhon. Are the Bold temple and the stupa in the middle of the plant. Just off of it 2001 summer temple was rebuilt.

The monastery grounds also include the little cave uranium Darchni Agui, the Zanabazar to have visited regularly for meditation. Not far away you can see a ledge that Dsanabadsars considered as a seating, as well as one of his footprints. On the summit of the mountain where there is a place of sacrifice ( ovoo ), also be a sacred source, and another - slightly larger - cave Echiin Chewlii worshiped.