Summer in Mongolia – Pre-Naadam Events in Ulaanbaatar

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For those that visit the blog regularly, we’ve just arrived back into Ulaanbaatar from our 27-day Untamed Mongolia small group tour. All I can say is summer has arrived in the city!

Image by our client Barry Meadow,  Journey Among Nomads, 2013

For many visitors, tight trip schedules and the allure of experiencing Mongolia’s landscapes and nomadic culture have kept them from experiencing Ulaanbaatar to its fullest. Also, Ulaanbaatar is a city that divides most visitors – some love it, others definitely loathe it. However, whatever your opinion, it is home to roughly 45% of Mongolia’s population and will give you an insight into their way of life, compared to that of the rural population. 

I’ll be posting blogs regularly throughout the week but for those planning on visiting UB within the next week in the run up to Naadam,  here is a (very) brief synopsis on what’s going on and where. You’ll be surprised at  how many vibrant events are happening  in unique venues around the city. 

July 4th – Best of Classics Concert, Chinggis Square

Under the ‘Ulaanbaatar Welcomes You’ programme, this live open-air concert will be held for a second year. There will be 24 performances including music and ballet from Aida, Swan Lake, Carmen and Madame Butterfly. 

Image by our client Frank Jones, Northern Mountains and Sacred Lakes, 2014

July 5th – ‘Jazz of the Great Steppe’

Taking place on Tserendorj Street opposite the State Department Store.

July 9th – Choijin Lama Museum Concert

The Mongolian folk band ‘Khusugtun’, (runner-up in this year’s Asia’s Got Talent) will be performing live at the Choijin Lame Temple Museum. The  show aims to present the museum in a new and interesting way to the public and takes place in the unique surroundings of the monastery.

Choijin Lama by our guest photographer Nick Rains, 2013

July 10th – Mini Naadam at the National Museum

This is a special event to help promote the meaning of Naadam. It includes learning the rules of Mongolian archery and getting to grips with Mongolia’s wrestling. It also includes music on the Morin Khuur – Mongolia.s Horse Head Fiddle.

Image by our guest Egon Filter, Bayandalai, Omnogobi 

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