Cradle and graveyard: across the Orkhon valley
Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall, Orkhon River

Cradle and graveyard: across the Orkhon valley

In brief: Over millennia, the valley has nurtured life, empires, art and religion - and seen its share of death and destruction as well. The Orkhon River Valley is the UNESCO-recognized cradle of Mongolian -…

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Restless: Mongolians and the Gobi landscape
Guest ger house

Restless: Mongolians and the Gobi landscape

In brief: Mongolia’s people, homes and even its landscape are naturally on the move. They say that the morin khuur, a traditional ladle-shaped Mongolian stringed instrument topped by a carved horse’s head, sounds like a…

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Something old, something new in Ulaan Baatar
Chojin Lama monastery and the new city

Something old, something new in Ulaan Baatar

In brief: In Mongolia’s capital city, known as UB, old values like the Buddhist faith have found new strength and the new is slowly transforming daily life. Ulaan Baatar – or UB, as the capital…

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Zanabazar – Mongolia’s monastic hero
Zanabazar goddesses, Bogd Khan summer palace

Zanabazar – Mongolia’s monastic hero

In brief: The 17th c. monk Zanabazar has become a fitting hero for the newly independent Mongolian people, one whose legacy has been spiritual, practical and artistic. Born in 1635 in Tibet, Undur Gegeen Zanabazar…

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