The Soyombo script was created in 1686 by Bogdo Zanabazar, a Mongolian monk
and scholar who modelled it on the Devanagari
alphabet. The Soyombo script was designed to write Mongolian, Sanskrit and
Tibetan and for transcribing foreign words. The name means "Self developed
Holy Letters" in Sanskrit. It is used mainly for inscriptions on prayer wheels
official seals and temples.
Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet or abugida
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
Can also be written vertically.
Used to write: Mongolian, Tibetan and Sanskrit
The large symbols are two versions of the Soyombo symbol, the national
symbol of Mongolia which is widely used on flags, banknotes, stamps.
Final consonant diacritics
The first letter is used as a vowel carrier when vowels appear at the
beginning of a syllable or on their own.
The Soyombo font used on this page was created by Jason Glavy