Tongkor Monastery

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Tongkor Monastery
AffiliationTibetan Buddhism
LocationZithang, Garzê County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
Tongkor Monastery is located in Sichuan
Tongkor Monastery
Shown within Sichuan
Geographic coordinates31°45′19″N 100°12′36″E / 31.7553°N 100.2100°E / 31.7553; 100.2100Coordinates: 31°45′19″N 100°12′36″E / 31.7553°N 100.2100°E / 31.7553; 100.2100

Tongkor or Tongkhor Monastery (Tibetan: སྟོང་འཁོར་དགོན།, w Stong'khor Dgon), also known as Ganden Chokhorling or Dangar Gompa, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in Zithang Town, Garzê County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China.


The monastery was founded by Tongkor I, Dawa Gyaltsen, in the 15th century. It was previously the largest monastery in the county with some 500 monks about the beginning of the 20th century. This had dropped to about 70 monks at the time of the 2008 crackdown.[1]

"On April 3, 2008, troops fired upon protesters from Tongkor (Chinese: Donggu) monastery, 60 kilometers from Kardze town, killing at least 10 people. The protests were sparked by a raid on the monastery by police, the detention of a senior monk, and resentment over intensified Patriotic Education."[2]

Some accounts claim up to 14 people were killed.[3]


  1. ^ A Great Mountain Burned by Fire (1008), p. 56.
  2. ^ A Great Mountain Burned by Fire: China's Crackdown in Tibet, p. 25. For details see the Chapter, "A Raid on Tongkor Monastery leads to Dissent and Deaths", pp. 55-59.[1]
  3. ^ "TibetInfoNet - Unrest in Tibet". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2009-11-19.


  • A Great Mountain Burned by Fire: China's Crackdown in Tibet. (March, 2009). A Report by the International Campaign for Tibet. Washington, B.C., Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels. Downloadable at: [2]
  • Mayhew, Bradley and Kohn, Michael Tibet. (2005). 6th Edition. Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74059-523-8.