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Museums in Mongolia

With a rich history of more than 20000 years, Mongolian museums are must see if you ever visit in Mongolia. Even though most of the famous ones with ancient histories are in the countryside, you can still get to enjoy equally good ones without stepping a foot outside of the city. Choijin lama temple museum Not only it is one of the most beautiful museums in Ulaanbaatar due to its location and architecture, it also perfectly represents Mongolian rapid development. It is named after Bogd Khaan VII’s brother Luvsankhaidav whose religious name was Choijin lama. This temple was built in…

What does Mongolian traditional clothing look like

If you’ve ever wondered how people use to survive the thrilling cold of -40C in the yurt, Mongolians have it figured out. In the herding community, hours of horseback riding and going out in the random hours at night during freezing cold winter is common. In order to be as comfortable as possible while being warm and have no restriction in the movement, Mongolians wear ‘deel’- a traditional clothing. Do Mongolians wear deel now? It has not been long since the modern clothing of jeans and shirts have penetrated into Mongolian fashion industry. Even though it has become unusual to…

Things you should know about Tsagaan Sar

Mongolians celebrate New Year twice a year like other Asian countries. One is a new year as a Gregorian calendar while the other is by a lunar calendar. Is Mongolian Lunar new year same as Chinese? Unlike China and Korea we celebrate the Lunar New Year or Tsagaan Sar in Mongolian for getting over the winter healthily and finally meeting spring and warm weather. That’s why it’s celebrated in the first day of spring by the lunar calendar which is around January and February. The date changes almost every year due to the solar-lunar calendar but it’s always around mid-winter.…

What is Naadam Festival? Thing You DIDN’T know

Some of you may be wondering what exactly does the Naadam festival celebrate and for what purpose? Here we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions. If you plan on visiting Mongolia, you DO NOT want to miss this once a year event. Tour packages & how to get there on time There are plenty of tours and fun things you can do. If you want the best deal, then try this tour package for Naadam. If you plan on attending the Naadam festival, it’s best to book your flight for early July, no later than the 9th…

Facts You Didn’t Know About Mongolian Culture

Maybe you already know some of them, maybe you don’t know any of them, but here are just a few info about Mongolian culture that will intrest you. Shaking hands after stepping on someone’s shoes When you step on someone’s shoes or feet by accident, you better shake their hand otherwise it would considered disrespectful and impolite. Sniffing people instead of kissing them When older people usually see their younger relatives, they will usually sniff them on their forehead instead of kissing them, however it is considered the same as kissing them on their cheeks. Exchanging khuurug with others A…

Do Mongolians Celebrate Christmas?

If there is one thing you need to know about Mongolians, it is the fact that Mongolians like to enjoy life and have a good time, which is why parties in Mongolia can sometimes get out of control, especially when alcohol is involved. However, some people wonder why and how Mongolians celebrate Christmas when it is not one of their official holidays. We will get into the details right here! How Many Christians Are There in Mongolia According to latest surveys the number of Christians in Mongolia is about ~2.5% totalling around 75,000 people. While Mongolian religious beliefs have been…

Can Mongolians Speak Russian or Chinese?

A lot of people wrongly assume that Mongolians either speak Chinese or Russian, or perhaps that the Mongolian language is somewhat related to Mandarin or Russian. However, do they actually speak either of those languages or is the Mongolian language related to them at all? The short answer is no, Mongolians do not speak Mandarin or Russian. However, Inner-Mongolians, who are Chinese nationals mostly do speak Mandarin, but we will be mostly talking about modern day Mongolians. Is Mongolian Related to Russian? Since the 1920s, Mongolia has been under Soviet influence and have had a pretty good relationship with Russians.…

Mongolian Religious Beliefs

Reading from history books and TV documentaries, you might deduce that Mongolians practice the religion of Buddhism, but is that really so? If we are talking about Mongolians from the Mongolian Empire, there were many different religions that the Mongols practiced, however culturally Mongolians have always practiced Shamanism and Animism, which is still prevelant to this day. What is Shamanism? Is It A Religious Belief? Shamanism can be considered a relgion, but most people regard it as a spiritual superstition. Shamanism is prevelant throughout Central Asia, parts of Africa and the Americas, so Shamanism is not completely exclusive to Mongolians.…

Mongolian Ancient, Traditional, Modern Clothes: What Do We Wear?

You might have watched a few documentaries on the certain channels that gave you a little sneak peek of what Mongolian people wear, but it still is a limited perspective and not the full picture of the story. The truth is Mongolians wear pretty what you would normally wear just like any other person, but there is some blend and mix of traditional clothes based on Mongolian people’s lifestyle. Ancient Mongolian Clothing If we are talking about ancient Mongolian clothing, then you probably already know. Mongolians used to wear the deel. If you don’t know deel is, it’s a dress/robe…

Popular Sports in Mongolia

Mongolia is a country that is still developing, hence funding for teams and sports sponsorships are still limited, but as the economy and living standards grow, I am noticing more and more people opting to be a part of a varsity team. Traditional & Ancient Mongolian Sports Archery Archery is one of those sports that have been important to Mongolian culture and history. Boys from a very young age were usually trained to hunt and provide for their family for survival. Nowadays, there is no such requirement, but some people do pick up archery and compete in the Naadam Festival.…