Ongi Monastery
Ongi Monastery
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,578 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
This site is mainly ruins with one existing and functional small monastery. As usual in Mongolia, photo takings is payable inside the monastery. During our visit, we didn’t get much info/ explanations from our tour guide. Hence, we didn’t appreciate much of the place since it is mainly ruins and nothing much to see other than one small lamasery. We researched after our trip and discovered that there is a sad history behind this site where over 200 monks were killed by the communist and sites were completely destroyed during 1939, out of the anti religious act. The site was built since 17th century with 17 temples in total, where it could house more than 1,000 monks at that time. We would have appreciate the place more if such historical values/ details are shared during our visit.
Written 26 November 2019
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Jargalant
Europe30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
one cannot help but be sad at the thought of the monks who were massacred here by the communists in the 1930s. The ruins of what was once a thriving monastery and centre of buddhist academe are haunting. Today there is a small temple rebuilt on he site, a stupa to remember those who were killed, and a ger containing a small museum of objects that were rescued. The place is impressive, and the site - basalt rocks and a desert river- is beautiful.
Written 19 August 2019
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HaimDorinPrivado
Jerusalem, Israel645 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Very colorful monastery with a sad history ...
It begins with the communist era, when religious was almost impossible,
Just get there, a good guide and an explanation, it worth !
Written 22 August 2018
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koabug
Honolulu, HI1,582 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
ongi temple and monastery ruins are located on the hillside just before the secret of onji resort. Not much is left of the monastery and there are only 2 monks that reside at the temple. The ruined monastery of Ongi Temple lies on the banks of the Ongiin River and it’s the halfway point between the two major travel destinations-the South Gobi and Karakorum. It was destroyed by the communist purges of the 1930s and is being restored by the residing monks. It is an important centre in the region before it was destroyed. Built in 17th century, the Ongiin Khiid monastery was among the largest temples in the country and was a home for over 1,000 monks.
Written 17 July 2017
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sd JAZZ i SŁONIE
Skierniewice, Poland13,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Unfortunately, the first glance after passing the symbolic gate leaves a bad taste and anger. Only ruins remain of one of the most important Mongolian monasteries with over 250 years of history. This is the result of the anti-religious, communist purge of 1939. The monastery was completely destroyed and 200 monks lost their lives. The remaining monks were imprisoned or forcibly conscripted into the army. After the fall of communism, religious life is slowly being revived here as well. A small temple was built and some elements of the buildings are being laboriously restored. You can take photos inside the temple for a nominal fee. It is furnished very modestly, according to the classical principles of Tibetan Buddhism. Maybe this is the beginning of a return to its former glory?
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Written 26 March 2024
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Tom87Leioa
Leioa2,408 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
It produces a feeling of sadness to visit what little remains of what was once a great Buddhist center, despite the efforts of reconstruction and recovery. At the beginning of the communist revolution, the temples were destroyed and the monks murdered. Perhaps the invitation to reflection is the most useful thing about visiting this place.
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Written 9 August 2023
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