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How Authentic is Mongolian Grill

How Authentic Is Mongolian Grill? If you are not aware of what Mongolian Grill is, in short, it’s a big round cooking “pan” where 3 or more chefs grill your food right on the spot as you watch. However, I am sure you are well aware of that and have probably been to Mongolian grill restaurants such as BDs. But, how authentic are they really? Short answer is, not that much… but it’s not something that was completely made up as traditional Mongolian food in some ways can relate to Mongolian grill. Is It Different From Traditional Mongolian Cuisines? Yes,…

Morin Khuur – The Mongolian Horse Fiddle

The Morin Khuur or the horse fiddle, is the national instrument of Mongolia. Although it’s not widely used in Modern Mongolian Music you will find them mainly used in country and traditional style of Mongolian music. There are 2 versions of the Morin Khuur. One is for decoration and the other is for actual playing. Decorative morin khuurs don’t go through the same inspection and construction procedure, as it’s meant to look pretty. However, in this article we will mainly talk about the morin khuur that is made for playing music. THE ORIGINS Legend has it that the Morin khuur…

Mongolian Recurve Bow

Ever since I was a kid, I always had a fascination with bows. The skill, dexterity, and speed that is required to shoot one is not easy to master, but the pure badassness of it always captivated me. If you have watched The Lord of The Rings, you probably already guessed that my favourite character was Legolas, an archer elf. In this article specifcally though, we will be discussing the Mongolian Recurve Bow, one of the most feared weapons during the Middle Ages. It was an integral part of the Mongolian army and was perhaps the key to winning many…

Modern festivals in Mongolia

If you’ve ever shown interest in Mongolia before, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard about the infamous traditional festivals. However, if you’re more into exploring modern culture of Mongolia, here are some suggestions that will sure give you the taste of it. With average age of 27.5 years and 59% of residents being under the age of 30, number of events organized for youths have inevitably increased in Mongolia. Music festivals, movie theaters and other types of entertainments are becoming more and more varied these days. That being said, it’s unlikely for you to be bored if you visit Mongolia…

Busting the famous myths about Mongolia- myth or a fact?

Since Mongolia is a developing country that has around only 3 million people, the way foreigners look at Mongolia is quite different from what it actually is. Even though google is your best friend to know the unknown, some of the sources can not be trusted. So here are some of the most famous myths about Mongolia. Why do Mongolians…? Why do Mongolians use cyrillic? So first of all, Cyrillic letter is pretty recent adaptation for Mongolians. After several changes of uigarjin, durvuljin and even latin letters, Mongolians have finally adapted Cyrillic letter from Russia in 1940s. During that time,…

How to get around in Ulaanbaatar

First things first, the question you’ve all been dying to know- Do Mongolians ride horse to their school? The answer is a big, fat NO. Well, actually some students do ride horses to their school in the countryside, but it’s a rare spectacle since almost half of the Mongolian population lives in its one and only capital city Ulaanbaatar, and most of the students in the countryside don’t bother riding a horse to their school since it’s usually located close to their school. To understand transportation, you need to have an idea of Mongolian urban structure.  With almost half of…

Amazing things to do in Mongolia

Mongolia is known for the open roads and the pristine countryside and that’s why most people make it a bucketlist to travel to Mongolia, however there is still so much more you can do in the land of the blue sky. Riding horses Even if you are staying for a few days in the capital Ulaanbaatar, there are many stables where you can ride horses. It will take you an hour or two to drive there, but it’s well worth the drive if you have never ridden a horse before. Mongolian horses are small and short in stature, but they…

Cheap Ways To Travel to Mongolia From Russia

Are you in Russia and perhaps wondering how you can get to Mongolia cheap? There are a few methods, but I would suggest you to pick the one you feel the most comfortable with. However, before that please consult with your embassy on whether you need a visa to vist Mongolia, otherwise you will be denied entry if you don’t have the proper documents. Flying from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar Flying from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar is simply the most fastest and easiest way to get there. Depending on the season, it might actually cost you less to fly to Mongolia rather…

What do Mongolian People Look Like?

If you have seen TV documentaries and/or movies, you most likely have an image of a Mongolian being tall, dark, and bulky, but is that actually the case with Mongolians of today? In short, no, Mongolians don’t all look the same and an individual Mongolian can look very different from another Mongolian depending on their ancestry because the Mongolian Empire that was formed in 1206 did in fact comprise of many different tribes ranging from North Asia to Central/West Asia. Stereotypical Facial Features of Mongolians However, we are going to backtrack a little and talk about some common facial features…

Lifestyle of a Mongolian Nomad

When people think of Mongolia, they mostly think of open plains and grassland steppes where the nomads roam free. To some extent it is true. Mongolia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. However, since 1990s Mongolia has slowly been transitioning into a more urbanized way country. There are major stereotypes about Mongolia being a nomadic country that is not so developed, but since the mining boom in 2011, Mongolia has been developing at a rapid rate. To suggest that Mongolia today is still the same as 20-30 years ago from the 20th century would be…