The Story behind

In 1937, the treasure of Danzan Ravjaa, a famous buddhist master from the Gobi desert, was buried in the sand by Tuduv, the caretaker of his legacy, to protect it from being destroyed by the communist army..

Tuduv’s grandson Altangerel is the only person alive who knows the precise location of the crates. A number have already been recovered, and the artefacts they contained are now on display at the Danzan Ravjaa Museum in Sainshand, 400km south of Ulaanbaatar. Another 15 remain where they were buried 72 years ago.

On August 1st, 2009, two of the last of Danzan Ravjaa’s treasure crates will be unearthed in a live international satellite transmission, directly from the Gobi desert. The event will be part of 80+1 – A Journey Around the World within the program of Linz 2009 – Cultural Capital of Europe.

In addition, the live stream will be available on this website. There will also be public viewings at other places, such as Vienna, Austria.

All donations made on this web site and at the public viewings will be handed over to Altangerel in order to support the Danzan Ravjaa Museum in Sainshand and the reconstruction of the Khamariin Hiid Monastery.


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