Gan-2 monastery, (on) Gan Is., Seenu/Addu, MV

Raw data

Addu Atoll, previously also known as Seenu Atoll, is the southernmost atoll of the Maldives.

"Addu City (local administrative code Seenu) is a city in Maldives consisting of the inhabited islands of the southernmost atoll of the archipelago. Addu City is the second-largest inhabitance in Maldives, in terms of population, and is the only inhabitance to get the status of “city” other than the capital city, Male’. Addu City has 5 districts. They are Hithadhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo, Maradhoo, Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo. These divisions are naturally islands, but are well connected.

"Gan Island […] In 1922 H. C. P. Bell visited this island and investigated the ancient Buddhist ruins there. These included the foundations of a temple (vihara) and a mound or low hill which was a very ruined stupa. Gan's ruins were the remains of the southernmost Buddhist site of the Maldives. The mound, as well as the foundations of the nearby vihara, disappeared after the airport was built. Maldivian first airport was found in Gan."

Gan Island
Lat -0.683889, Long 73.133056

Maldives - administrative subdivisions
Input by: tmciolek, Sep 18, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 14 Jan 2013

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

Location of Gan-2 monastery, MV.

General location of the Gan-2 monastery, MV.
Lat -0.6978, Long 73.1641
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20MV)&ll=-0.6978,73.1641&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Gan-2 monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Maldives:Seenu/Addu Atoll, Gan Island

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat -0.6978, Long 73.1641 - based on coords for a mound at the Gan island airport, satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 18 Sep 2012.

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

  • [missing data]

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana - O'Shea (1998-2009)

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • [missing data]

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1067-99p 1100-32p 1133-66c - tmciolek 14 Jan 2013
  • 1067-99p 1100-32p 1133-66c dated-l

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological

16. Additional notes

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

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

  • [missing data]

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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