Welcome to Ongiin Khiid
Once a place of devotion and Buddhist scholarship, Ongiin Khiid (Онгийн Хийд) houses the largest and most important ruins in the Gobi. Nearly a century ago, and for more than 120 years before that, this mountainous nook, nestled on the Ongiin Gol River, was home to 28 Buddhist temples and four universities. All that changed once socialism arrived in the 1930s. Soon after, soldiers showed up to massacre 200 lamas and destroy the entire complex. What's left are monochromatic ruins and an eerie energy that may move you. It's set in the western sum (district) of Saikhan-Ovoo and, despite its dark history, makes a pleasant stop en route to the southern Gobi.