Photo exhibition showcasing Tibetan lives and culture opensArt & Culture
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Eight Mongolian journalists have recently traveled through the Tibet Autonomous Region of China for a week. Yesterday, they opened ‘Sixty Years of Tibet’ exhibition of photographs they have taken during their tour at the Mongolian National Art Gallery.
Minister of Education and Culture Yo.Baatarbileg and Ambassador of China to Mongolia Xing Haiming attended the opening event. The latter said that the photos of the exhibition are accurately depicting the development and flourishing of Tibet in the past sixty years and its beautiful landscape and ordinary lives of the Tibetan people, who are connected with religious and cultural feelings of Buddhism.
A rare item unveiled at the exhibition that is catching the attention of viewers during the exhibition is a photo of thangka painting of the first place where the foundation of Ulaanbaatar city was laid. This painting is currently preserved on the wall of the the prominent Potala Palace of Lhasa city.
G.Nyam-Ochir, scholar of Tibetan study and one of the eight journalists on the trip explained that the painting of the Shankhan Temple near the Erdenezuu Monastery was created in 1645-1648 when the Ulaanbaatar or Urga of that time was eight years old. It is also assumed that the painting portrays the celebration of the 13th birthday of Undur Gegeen Zanabazar was presented to himself in 1649 when he departed to Tibet to receive personal instruction from the 5th Dalai Lama.
Mongolian scholars are also planning to perform more studies on this Thangka-style painting to learn more about arts, construction and Buddhism of that period and release books in English, Chinese and Tibetan languages.
The exhibition is part of a series of cultural events dedicated to celebration of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and China. The exhibition continues until October 19.