End-July I was back in Mongolia for a couple of days on business visiting UB, the capital, and Darkhan in the north. I had just enough time to take a stroll through UB city center and visit the Choijin Lama temple Museum. It’s great to have the opportunity to return and re-visit sites.

Contrast between old and new in UB  (click to enlarge)UB is developing very fast and has witnessed dramatic transformation over the past 6 years that I have been visiting. The contrast between old and new is very obvious. Clearly with the economy on fire it’s just the beginning.

Sukhbaatar square  (click to enlarge)UB’s Suukhbaatar square remains the heart of UB. It’s an impressive square. UB is expanding rapidly into the surrounding hills. As a result the capital now accounts for almost 50% of the country’s population. This is putting additional burden on infrastructure, utilities, etc.

Room at the UB Ramada  (click to enlarge)The new Ramada Hotel which opened less than a year ago in UB is a major improvement on hotel accommodation in the city. It’s centrally located, it’s affordable, the rooms are spacious, the staff is friendly. Is this the beginning of the end to backpacking in Mongolia 😉 ?

Inside the Choijin Lama Temple Museum  (click to enlarge)A must visit in UB is the Choijin Lama Temple Museum which is only a stone’s throw away from Suukhbaatar square. It used to be the home of the brother of the Bogd Khaan, the last king of Mongolia. It dates from the early 20th century. There are 5 temples on the grounds, all filled with religious treasures, masks, thangkas, etc.

Last Updated: 12-09-2012

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