Buddhist monastery in the mountains of Changai
Tuvchun Chiid is a specific smaller mountain monastery, located at an altitude of almost 2250 m above sea level below the top of the Red Mountain. It was founded in 1648. During anti-religious repression, it was completely destroyed in 1939. It was restored in 1997 and the monks returned to it.
Entrance gate to the monastery
The monastery is located in the mountains of Changai, in the district of Bat-Uldzi, about 70 km from the city of Charchorin. Not far from it lies the border between South Changjiang and North Thailand's Ajmag.
In the lower courtyard there are shrines and residential buildings for local monks.
Just above the courtyard are two golden stupas.
The roof of the main shrine
From the courtyard of the monastery leads a meditation rock path to the sacred Red Mountain.
At the top of the Red Mountain is a rock shrine with the Ovó mound. Here, only men perform Buddhist rituals. Women and girls are not allowed here.
The meditation trail ends with a cave and a small stone room, which was also used for meditation by the famous Mongol aristocrat and Buddhist scholar Dzanabadzar.
On the way back
The way back down is a bit longer, leads along the ridge of the mountain and there are sacred places where pilgrims perform other Buddhist rituals.
Interior of the main shrine
After returning from the meditation path, pilgrims and tourists (for a small fee) can participate in a Buddhist ritual and prayer in the main shrine.
The roofs of the monastery
Access to the monastery is quite complicated, by an unpaved mountain road and through a number of fords. The last few kilometers can only be completed on foot or on horseback. But the effort is worth it and the monastery is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
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