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Tamgaly Tas

Tamgaly Tas (not to be confused with Tamgaly) is centered not on carvings of the Bronze Age and Iron Age, but on images of Buddha dating from the Zhungar period. 

The largest composition features three Buddha images engraved onto a flat stone face, all depicted sitting on lotus flowers, together with inscriptions in the Tibetan script. A further figure, on a boulder to the left, has been identified by researchers as representing the Bodhisattva Nagarjuna. Another Buddha figure is engraved on a separate face, close to this in Tibetan, Zhungar and Manchu scripts. Opinions differ as to when the Buddhas were engraved, and by whom, but the most plausible is probably that they were the work of the Zhungars, who converted to Lamaist Buddhism around the 16th century. They may date from around the beginning of the 18th century, when this place was a crossing point of the Ile River. The site was studied in the 1850s by the Kazakh traveller and ethnographer Shoqan Ualihanov. It has however suffered at the hands of vandals over the years. Some carvings were damaged because of human agency. 

The distance from Almaty is around 110 km. The quality of the road is good.