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Genghis Khan fashions, monasteries and black markets -- this booming capital is our most unique stop thus far
It's not exactly New York or London. And it's a far cry from Shanghai or Tokyo as well. But Ulaanbaatar is certainly one of the more unique stops CNNGO has made over the past 18 months.
These days - with Mongolia in the midst of a mining boom - the country's capital is littered with construction cranes ... hotels are booked ... and flights in or out are chocked full. (Obviously in the dead of winter when daily high temperatures still sit well below zero degrees Celsius, it would certainly be a very different picture)
Here's a run through of the sites and places we hit in our week-long dash through Ulaanbaatar:
National Museum of Mongolia
Torgo Fashion Designer O. Bold welcomed us to the National Museum of Mongolia, and its current exhibition on the country’s most revered figure, Genghis Khan.
For a look at the museum’s latest offerings, head to their website: http://www.nationalmuseum.mn
Admittedly, the Gandan Monastery is hardly undiscovered. But we were given the all-access tour thanks to Munkhbaatar.
If you’ve brushed up on your Mongolian, check out the details here: http://www.gandan.mn/
The Black Market
The Black Market, or Naran Tuul, offers an insight into traditional Mongolia.
As our tour guide D. Tamiraa tells it, you’d be hard pressed to find a Mongolian who hasn’t visited this sprawling complex of shops, tents, and food stalls.
River Sounds live music venue
River Sounds is part live music venue, and also part disco, where many young locals dance until dawn.
You can find the details here: www.mad-mongolia.com