Mongolian first Bogdan Zanabazar was smitten by the beautiful and unique nature of this place in 1648 when he was 14 years old. In 1651, he built a stone-walled small house to practice meditation and named it Dubkhan or House for Creation. Through time this word became Tuvkhun. While Saint Zanabazar was residing there, he created the Soyombo script in 1686 and many of his artistic works.
Tuvkhun Monastery is located on the rocky mountain in Undur-Ovoot, which is located 80 km from the Kharkhorum, and it’s surrounded by dense forest called Shiveet Ulaan. It takes around 2-3 hours hike to reach the Tuvkhun Monastery from the foot of the mountain.
There are two wells near the monastery, where the western well is called “mouth water” and the eastern well is called “wash water”. From these wells, the first Bogdan took his drinking water and washing water.
In the northwest of the monastery, there is a cave that was used for working on his art, and the cave located in the east was used as a library. On the northwest part of the rocky mountain, you can find a footprint (38cm) and a handprint of the Bogdan Zanabazar.
The Tuvkhun monastery houses 14 temples including Spiritual Practice Temple, Ochirdari, Gombogur Gods Temple, Creation Temple, Forever Flaming Butter Lamp Temple, two stupas and Tibetan Prayer Wheels.
Tuvkhun Monastery was taken under the protection of the state since 1992. In 2001, four temples, two stupas, and the front gate were restored to its first appearance.