Aq Beshim monastery, (near) Akbeshi, Issyk-Kul Oblasty, KG

Raw data

A Chinese buddhist monastery, 8th c. at Aq Beshim in Kyrgyzstan - Foltz (1999:51) [Foltz cites here research reported by Forte (1994)]

"Two Buddhist temples dating from between the seventh and tenth centuries were also discovered in Akbeshim, in the Chui Valley of Kyrgyzstan." - Abazov (2006:65)

The monastery of Aq-Beshim (Suyab) in Qirghizstan

"'The first Ak-Beshim Temple' which functioned till the middle of VIII c. was excavated by L.R. Kyzlasov in 1953-1954." - Goryacheva (n.d.)

Input by: tmciolek, Apr 26, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 19 Dec 2012

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

Location of Aq Beshim monastery, KG.

General location of the Aq Beshim monastery, KG.
lat=42.8000 long=75.2667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20KG)&ll=42.8000,75.2667&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Aq Beshim monastery - Foltz (1999:51)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Kyrgystan: Issyk-Kul Province

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Ak-Beshim - Pugachenkova and Khakimov (1988:128)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

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

  • Mahayana (judging by the fact it is a Chinese monastery) - see: Foltz (1999:51) [citing Forte (1994)]

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • 7th century AD - Foltz (1999:51)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p - tmciolek 19 Dec 2012
  • 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32p 0933-66p 0967-99p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • !0th century AD - Abazov (2006:65)
  • MBM chrono-tag 0900-32p 0933-66p 0967-99p - tmciolek 19 Dec 2012

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)
  • There were two Buddhist temples (monasteries?) in Aq Beshim - Abazov (2006:65)

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

  • [missing data]

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