Aiwang monastery, (near) Kangmar, Xizang, CN

Raw data

“The clay sculptures in Aiwang Monastery in Khangmar County in Xigaze Prefecture are the earliest ones among those we can see today. The works with fine workmanship are valuable masterpieces in ancient Tibetan sculptural all. Built in the l2 century Aiwang Monastery is located in the main trading road connecting Tatung and Gyantse. The monastery consists of Amitayus Temple, Amoghasiddhi Temple and Defeating Evil Temple. Its gate is south-facing and the monastery is surrounded by a circular corridor for the followers to circumambulate in it. The main temple is situated in the north pall of the monastery in which the Amogasiddh Buddha sits in the center, with three attendant Bodhisattvas in his two sides respectively.”

Input by: tmciolek, Jan 30, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 30 Jan 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Aiwang monastery, CN.

General location of the Aiwang monastery, CN.
Lat 28.45524 Long 89.63523
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=28.45524,89.63523&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 28.45524 Long 89.63523. Alternatively, but less likely (as the site appears to be in ruin, whereas the reference mentions sculptures in reasonably good state of preservation) the coords could be Lat 28.44569 Long 89.6195. - Both set of coords are based on visual identification of the potential site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 30 Jan 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 1100-32p 1133-66p 1167-99p - tmciolek 30 Jan 2013

  • 1100-32p 1133-66p 1167-99p 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 30 Jan 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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