Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 18 interesting facts about Ulaanbaatar!
- Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia.
- Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced ‘Oo-lan-bah-tar’.
- The total land area of Ulaanbaatar is 1,816 square miles (4,704 square kilometres)…
- …that’s nearly 5 times the size of Greater Manchester.
- Ulaanbaatar’s population was 1,452,000 in 2017…
- …that’s roughly half the population of Greater Manchester…
- …and gives it a population density of around 800 residents per square mile.
- Ulaanbaatar is located 4,429 ft above sea level.
- Residents of Ulaanbaatar are known as Mongolians.
- Mongolians living in Ulaanbaatar enjoy a cold, semi-arid climate with brief warm summers, long cold winters and an average annual temperature of -0.4°C! In fact, Ulaanbaatar is one of the world’s coldest capital cities!
- Looking to fly yourself to Ulaanbaatar? You’ll need the coordinates of 47.8864° N, 106.9057° E.
- Make sure you visit the Gandan Monastery if you’re in Ulaanbaatar; it’s the largest and most significant monastery in Mongolia and it’s a hive of activity for local residents!
- Just south of Ulaanbaatar is Bogd Khan, the world’s oldest National Park!
- Thanks to Mongolia’s nomadic past, the location of Ulaanbaatar has actually changed 28 times as residents packed up and moved on as the seasons changed!
- The official language of Ulaanbaatar is Mongolian.
- Mongolian tögrög is the official currency here.
- Mongolia welcomed 393,000 tourists into the country in 2014, many of whom visited Ulaanbaatar for its bohemian culture, wild nightlife and delicious cuisine.
- The national dish here is mutton dumplings or “buuz”.
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