Balawaste [monastery?], (towards) Hotan, Xinjiang, CN

Raw data

Balawaste, a Buddhist site in Turkistan - Le (2010:342), also

“Balawaste is an archaeological site in the eastern part of the Khotan oasis, near the village of Domoko on the southern arm of the Silk Road. It included a small room, an animal pen and a Buddhist shrine. It was excavated by Sir Mark Aurel Stein on his second Central Asian expedition (1906-8).[1] Stein found pieces of stucco relief from a Buddhist statue and textiles.[2] One of his local guides identified this site as the place he had earlier found woodslip manuscripts in Chinese and Brahmi script that had been sold to Stein at Khotan by Badruddin Khan.[3] […] Around 94 pieces found by Stein can be combined to form a sequence of life-size Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and divine beings.[5] Stein dated the site to around 600 AD based on the clothing style of the Buddhist figures.[6] […] 37.05, 81.083” -

Damiku [= Damoko, Domoko, Damagouxiang], China Page
Other names: Ta-mu-kou
World:China:Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu
Lat 36.9786 Long 81.0942 -

“[…] Domoko qui se situe à 24,6 km de l'actuel district de Cira et s'étendait entre 80°55' - 81°
15' (longitude) et 37°00’-37°20’ (latitude) … des archéologues — ainsi que plusieurs oasis se trouvant plus à l'ouest,
qui sont pour la plu- plart des sites célèbres des Tang, tels que Balawaste, Khâdalik, Mazâr-Toghrak, etc. …” Xinjiang and Guangda (1987:82)
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 06, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 07 Apr 2013

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 Balawaste monastery?, CN.

General location of the Balawaste monastery?, CN.
Lat 36.9895 Long 81.0648
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=36.9895,81.0648&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Balawaste monastery?

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 36.9895 Long 81.0648 - based on visual identification of the Domoko in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 07 Apr 2013.
  • Note that Wikipedia's ( coordinates for the Balawasta ruins are Lat 37.05 Long 81.083 . However, to an onlooker it is not clear at all whether the pale-white rectangle situated SE of the Wikipedia's Lat/Long corresponds indeed to the archaeological site in question. - tmciolek, 07 Apr 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 0567-99p 0600-32p 0633-67p - tmciolek 06 Apr 2013
  • 0567-99p 0600-32p 0633-67p dated-x

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. 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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