Monday, 24 December 2012 13:59

How Mongols have fun during winter time

traditional mongolian game

Ever wondered how Mongols have fun during winter time? In fact, Mongols have many games to play in winter from simple snowball fight to more complicated ice shooting.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 13:47

Tyrannosaurus Bataar case is in final stage

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of MongoliaMinister of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia Oyungerel Ts. gave more details about when the findings regarding the Tyrannosaurus Bataar case would arrive in Mongolia.

-Has the attorney for the disputed Tyrannosaurus Bataar case collected enough evidence to prove that it was found in the Mongolian Gobi ? When the findings will arrive in Mongolia ?

-An appeal hearing to decide whether or not to transfer the Tyrannosaurus Bataar fossil will be held in December. The attorneys are still collecting evidence. Only the judges will decide whether or not to return the smuggled findings to Mongolia. The Federal Attorneys appointed by the Mongolian Government proved that the fossil was from Mongolia during two hearings. But the dinosaur dealer Eric Prokopi claims that Tyrannosaurus Bataar was not from Mongolia and wants it back. The Mongolian State Investigation Agency has been working to prove how Eric Prokopi smuggled the Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:15

Ulaanbaatar celebrates its 373rd anniversary

Sukhbaatar squareOn October 29, 2012 Ulaanbaatar celebrated its 373rd anniversary.  Many cultural and sports events were held during the day including the “Homeland” concert in the Cultural Palace and “Sporty Ulaanbaatar” competition on the Central Square. The concert in the Cultural Palace also paid tribute to the State Honored artist D.Luvsansharav by a choral performance. Up to 1300 children will take part in the performance which will be the largest concert ever held here.

City authorities paid respect to the “Melkhii stone” or Turtle stone - the symbol of establishment and stability of the city. The ceremony was opened by the Mongolian traditional musical instrument horse fiddle or morin khuur in Mongolian.

Monday, 29 October 2012 02:40

Great Genghis Khan exhibition opened

The “Great Chinggis Khaan” exhibition is now open at the Mongolian Government House in Ulaanbaatar.

During the opening ceremony which was held on 25th October, the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Altanhuyag Norov noted that “for two hundred years between the XIII and XIV centuries almost every corner of the world was referred as a part the of the Great Mongol Empire and all talks were only about Mongols. Since then no single country among all 200 countries existing currently has shaped the two centuries of the history like did Mongolia. I can only compare the pace of then-conquests to the current speed of the internet. If, we, Mongolians can arouse that fast paced spirit in ourselves, Mongolia will prosper".

The Exhibition on 850th anniversary of the Great Chinggis Khaan is showcasing; The Secret History of the Mongols, which was written by the Great Khaan`s royal family, Chinggis Khaan`s close friend, his late enemy Jamukha`s golden belt, a Mongolian warriors arms, the Great Khaan`s silver gerege or tablet of authority for the Mongol officials and envoys, an ancient golden cup and golden coins.

The “Great Chinggis Khan” exhibition will be held for a month at the Government House. The exhibition is available to visitors every day between 10:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00, except Monday.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of MongoliaOn 19 November, 2012 The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia, Her Excellency Oyungerel Tsedevdamba held a brief meeting with the Deputy Minister for Tourism from the Republic of Korea, Han Jang Young in the Government House during the visit of the latter in Mongolia upon his request.  Mr. Han Jang Young was accompanied by officials Lee Changho, Cha Moonyoung, Riew Wha Sun, and Kim Hyuntae.

During the meeting Mr. Han Jang Young emphasized the importance of growing number of tourists between two countries and expressed his interests in more close cooperation between two ministries. During the meeting Mr. Han Jang Young mentioned his interest in Mongolia’s three traditional manly games - archery, horse-racing and wrestling. He also said he wanted to visit Lake Khuvsgul but could not because of the cold weather but he promised to come back to see the lake.

North East Asia MapMongolia, China, Russia and the Republic of Korea agreed on November 7, 2012 to boost tourism in Northeast Asia.

The agreement, a memo signed at a forum involving the United Nations Development Program and Jilin province authorities, aims to promote cross-border tourism.

"Tourism is an industry that concerns a broad range of economic, social activities and, therefore, business interests. It cuts across many policy areas for governments in Northeast Asia and that requires closer ties and committed cooperation," said Choi Hoon, director of the UNDP Tumen Secretariat.

On 2nd of November, 2012 the Mongolian Tourism Association (MTA) will celebrate Mongolian Tourism Association anniversaryits 20th anniversary.

During the celebration, MTA will sum up its activities for past 20 years and set new goals for coming years.

MTA acts as an umbrella organization in the Mongolia's tourism industry.

Terelj Hotel MongoliaAccording to the World Travel Awards, Terelj Hotel is selected as Mongolia’s Leading Hotel of 2012. The hotel is located in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and is considered one of few true 5 star hotels in Mongolia. Other nominees for the category included Chinggis Khan Hotel, Blue Sky Tower Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace, Ramada Ulaanbaatar and Ulaanbaatar Hotel.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The Wall Street Journal referred WTA as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry”. In 2013, WTA will celebrate its historic 20th anniversary year.

Forest plant MongoliaA four-year long research expedition by the Ministry of Nature of Mongolia to study endangered and beneficial herbs in forest, steppe and semi-desert steppe areas of 17 aimags accomplished its mission resulting in discovering of 188 of rare and 70 of endangered plant species in Khovd, Gobi-Altai, Ovorkhangai, Bayankhongor and South Gobi provinces.

Mongolia fossil dinosaur from GobiErik Prokopi was arrested on Wednesday for smuggling stolen dinosaur bones into the U.S. from Mongolia and China and selling them for up to $1.1 million, according to federal officials.

Eric Prokopi of Gainesville, 38, allegedly stole the skeletal remains of a half dozen dinosaurs including a nearly-complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar — a relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex — from other countries by forging customs papers, according to charging documents filed by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office.

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 07:39

Annual Swan Gathering

Swan gathering Mongolia

Annual gathering of hundreds of whooper swans in Ganga and Kholboo lakes in Sukhbaatar province is attracting not less people.

Each October, migratory birds, including magnificent whooper swans gather before migrating to more warmer places to the South. At the moment about 2700 swans have been spotted in that area and their number is about to increase in late October according to the local environment protection department.

This annual gathering is a breathtaking experience under the blue sky not only for tourists who traveled long way to get there but also to local people who say "The luck follows those who have seen swan gathering".

Friday, 05 October 2012 06:10

UB Art Fair 2012

Zanabazar fine art museum

Largest art fair of its kind in Mongolia in its 4th year, namely UB ART FAIR featuring arts and crafts and traditional arts to contemporary art, will take place at the Zanabazar National Fine Arts Museum from Friday 5th Oct till Wed 10th Oct 2012 (during five days).


Thursday, 27 September 2012 04:15

Mongolia Celebrates World Tourism Day

Buddha statue in Ulaanbaatar

On September 27th each year the world celebrates World Tourism Day. This year’s theme named  Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development aims to highlight tourism’s role in a brighter energy future; a future in which the world’s entire population has access to modern, efficient and affordable energy services.


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