Ongi River and Temple
Ongi River and Temple (Saikhan-Ovoo district, Dundgovi Province) – located 7 hours (415 km) southwest of the capital, the Ongi Monastery refers to two monasteries on opposite banks of the Ongi River, which stretches for over four hundred kilometers throughout the country. The monasteries are home to many ruined temples, one of which was once one of the largest in Mongolia. Originally built in the 17th century, these monasteries were destroyed by communists in the 20th century, although since the 1990s, efforts have been made to rebuild and restore the Buddhist communities in the area. Today, visitors can see the rebuilt temple and explore two small museums that contain artifacts from the original structures.