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In Search of the Khutugtu's Monastery: The Site and Its Heritage

In Search of the Khutugtu's Monastery: The Site and Its Heritage In Search of the Khutugtu’s Monastery: e S Th ite and Its Heritage SAMPILDONDOVIN CHULUUN Academy of Sciences, Mongolia Translated by Uranchimeg Tsultemin INTRODUC TION About 70 kilometers northeast of Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar, in the Saridag Mountains of Khan Khentii, a range that includes Chinggis Khan’s sacred Burkhan Khaldun, lie the ruins of a seventeenth-century monastery (figure 1). The site was first reported by Russian scholars in the early twen - tieth century, and in 1915 a Russian expedition conducting the first Mon - golian population census visited this site; however, they did not explore it. Since then, no excavations have been made at this site due to the inacces- sible nature of the landscape that requires substantial technical and human resources. In addition to being discouraged by the size and physical dic ffi ul - ties of the terrain, scholars generally were not much interested in the research of seventeenth-century city planning and architecture of Mongolia. Since 2010, despite scarce funding, I have excavated and studied this site, and for the past two years I have also collected and studied the oral history of the area, which credits Öndör Gegeen Zanabazar (1635–1723) as the founder of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

In Search of the Khutugtu's Monastery: The Site and Its Heritage

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Abstract

In Search of the Khutugtu’s Monastery: e S Th ite and Its Heritage SAMPILDONDOVIN CHULUUN Academy of Sciences, Mongolia Translated by Uranchimeg Tsultemin INTRODUC TION About 70 kilometers northeast of Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar, in the Saridag Mountains of Khan Khentii, a range that includes Chinggis Khan’s sacred Burkhan Khaldun, lie the ruins of a seventeenth-century monastery (figure 1). The site was first reported by Russian scholars in the early twen - tieth century, and in 1915 a Russian expedition conducting the first Mon - golian population census visited this site; however, they did not explore it. Since then, no excavations have been made at this site due to the inacces- sible nature of the landscape that requires substantial technical and human resources. In addition to being discouraged by the size and physical dic ffi ul - ties of the terrain, scholars generally were not much interested in the research of seventeenth-century city planning and architecture of Mongolia. Since 2010, despite scarce funding, I have excavated and studied this site, and for the past two years I have also collected and studied the oral history of the area, which credits Öndör Gegeen Zanabazar (1635–1723) as the founder of the

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Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 14, 2019

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