Domkar monastery, (near) Gyegu, Qinghai, CN

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Day 5 - Jyekundo [Jyekundo (Yushu)]
Visit Wencheng temple/Domkar monastery and Batang grassland or do a short hike around the grassland. There is also a small hot spring in this area.

Domkar Monastery Jyekundo.jpg - Marvin Ross Photography

"Das Domkar-Kloster (tib. 'dom dkar dgon) ist ein Kloster der Karma-Kagyü-Schule des tibetischen Buddhismus, das bis auf die Zeit des 12. Jahrhunderts zurückgeht. Es liegt im Kreis Yushu im Autonomen Bezirk Yushu der Tibeter in der chinesischen Provinz Qinghai. Es geht ungefähr zurück bis zur Zeit von Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193), des erste Lamas in der Inkarnationsreihe der Karmapas und Begründers dieses Ordens. […]
Domkar Gompa; Domkar Gön; Dangka si; 当卡寺; Dāngkā Sì; 当卡寺; Dangka si; Donkar-Kloster; Donkar Monastery; Damkar Lhundrub Dechen Chokhor Ling"

Domkar Gompa (Dangkasi) - lamasery of the Karma Kagyupa order near Gyêgu, Yushu

"One of the most famous temples in Kham is the Princess Wencheng Temple found 20km south of Jyekundo. Princess Wencheng, from mainland China, married the famous Tibetan king Songsten Gampo over 1350 years ago. According to history, the princess left modern day Xi'an in the year 640 for Tibet. The next year she married the Tibetan king. The marriage was probably part of a peace treaty between China and Tibet.
Songsten Gampo met princess Wencheng near Ngoring and Kyaring Lakes in Mado (Maduo) county in western Amdo (Qinghai province). From there they continued together to Lhasa. Along the way to Lhasa they stopped for around a month in the Lheba Ravine located about 25kms from the current Wencheng Temple. […] The princesses footprints were left on a rock where she often stood. The site quickly became an object of worship. Seventy years later [640+70=710 tmc], another princess from China named Jincheng also passed through the same area. She had a temple built in honor of princess Wencheng.
The easiest way to get to the Princess Wencheng Temple is to hire a van taxi from Jyekundo. It is only 20kms and the road is quite good. […] From the temple, it is less than 2kms to the interesection of the highway leading back to Jyekundo. There are a few monks who live in the area including some hermits who live in caves above the temple. […]. The temple sits at 3850m (12,628 feet) and the mountains around it are much higher."

The Tang Princess Wencheng Monastery, in Batang Township, contains statues of Buddha carved during the lives of Princess Wencheng and Princess Jincheng, who also married a Tubo King later. -

The Temple Of Princess Wencheng
Location: Beina valley, Batang township, Jiegu town, Yushul county, 20 km to Jiegu town.
The temple of Princess Wencheng is also called Darirulai Buddha Temple, built in the Tang Dynasty, with a history of 1,300 year. It is an important historical relics of Tang-Tibetan Ancient Road.

Input by: tmciolek, Aug 5, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 05 Aug 2012

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Domkar monastery, CN.

General location of the Domkar monastery, CN.
lat=33.0106 long=97.1395
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=33.0106,97.1395&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Qinghai Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 33.0106 Long 97.1395 - based on visual identification of the site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 05 Aug 2012.
  • Approx. Lat 33.005833 Long 97.136333 (an incorrect value, tmciolek, Aug 2012) -

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

  • Mahayana, subsequently Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Kagyu

11. Date-early

12. Date-intermediate

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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

  • Architectural

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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