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Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar also called Ulan Bator literally a "Red Hero", is the capital and the largest city of Mongolia. An independent municipality, the city is not part of any province, and its population as of 2008 is over one million.

Located in north central Mongolia, the city lies at an elevation of about 1,310m in a valley on the Tuul River. It is the cultural, industrial, and financial heart of the country. Fittingly, it is the centre of Mongolia's road network, and is connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system.

The city was founded in 1639 as a movable (nomadic) Buddhist monastic centre. In 1778, it settled permanently at its present location, the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers. Before that, it changed location twenty-eight times, with each location being chosen ceremonially. In the twentieth century, Ulaanbaatar grew into a major manufacturing centre.

Autour de Ulaanbaatar
Autour de Ulaanbaatar
Baga Toiruu
Baga Toiruu
Bogd Khaan Palace Museum
Bogd Khaan Palace Museum
Chinggis Avenue
Chinggis Avenue
Chinggis Khaan Airport
Chinggis Khaan Airport
Choijin Lama Monastery
Choijin Lama Monastery
Gandan Monastery
Gandan Monastery
Peace Avenue
Peace Avenue
Saaral Ordon
Saaral Ordon
Sükhbaatar Square
Sükhbaatar Square
The Blue Sky
The Blue Sky
UB Air Force Monument
UB Air Force Monument
UB Central Library
UB Central Library
UB Central Post Office
UB Central Post Office
UB Children's Palace
UB Children's Palace
UB National Amusement Park
UB National Amusement Park
UB National Circus
UB National Circus
UB Wedding Palace
UB Wedding Palace
Zaisan Buddha Park
Zaisan Buddha Park
Zaisan Hill
Zaisan Hill
Zaisan Memorial
Zaisan Memorial