Ulaanbaatar changed a lot in the past decades. Due to Mongolia’s modernization during the communist’s period as well as for its most modern days, Ulaanbaatar became huge and still welcomes lots of newcomers from the country after each extreme climatic event.
Find out the two faces of this amazing, growing city ! Urbanization is still on tracks, however the wanderer can easily distinguish its unalterable particularities.
What it looked like in the 1950’s, through archive’s footage from British Pathé which documented a lot Mongolia during the whole XXth century.
What it looks like today, from its center to its farthest areas.
Ulaanbaatar in the 1950’s:
There are two other aimag capitals at the end of the video. I mixed archive’s video and a folksong, from Nansalma. Enjoy!
Ulaanbaatar, nowadays looks like this:
Photo from the Lonely Planet
But Ulaanbaatar is also this:
Photo from CleverDever Wherever (2015)
And the ger districts:
Photo from National Geographic Magazine
The ger districts are reputed to be the unsafest places of Ulaanbaatar for foreigners to go. However if you know people that might take you there, give it a look and chat with inhabitants. They try to adapt to the city while keeping some of their countryside’s habits. It is a real issue of Mongolia today : how to provide confort and safety to fast-growing districts?
Ulaanbaatar has many districts. You’ll need a map! Here’s a touristic map of downtown you can find for free at the tourism office. Click to enlarge and use it! ;)