Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 18 interesting facts about Ulaanbaatar!
1. Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia.
2. Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced ‘Oo-lan-bah-tar’.
3. The total land area of Ulaanbaatar is 1,816 square miles (4,704 square kilometres)…
4. …that’s nearly 5 times the size of Greater Manchester.
5. Ulaanbaatar’s population was 1,452,000 in 2017…
6. …that’s roughly half the population of Greater Manchester…
7. …and gives it a population density of around 800 residents per square mile.
8. Ulaanbaatar is located 4,429 ft above sea level.
9. Residents of Ulaanbaatar are known as Mongolians.
10. 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!
11. Looking to fly yourself to Ulaanbaatar? You’ll need the coordinates of 47.8864° N, 106.9057° E.
12. 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!
13. Just south of Ulaanbaatar is Bogd Khan, the world’s oldest National Park!
14. 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!
15. The official language of Ulaanbaatar is Mongolian.
16. Mongolian tögrög is the official currency here.
17. Mongolia welcomed 393,000 tourists into the country in 2014, many of whom visited Ulaanbaatar for its bohemian culture, wild nightlife and delicious cuisine.
18. The national dish here is mutton dumplings or “buuz”.