Mongolia is a country in East Asia. It borders China and Russia. The area of the country is 1.5 million km2. The country has a population of 3 million people, and it is the second largest landlocked country in the world. The capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar. There is not much ethnic diversity, and the dominant group present is the Mongols, who comprise 96% of the population. The majority of people follow Buddhism.

The country was the birthplace of the Mongol Empire. There are huge pastures present here. It has a rich culture of art and various other traditional activities. There are a lot of beautiful paintings in ancient techniques, as well as statues of Buddhist deities. It’s been a nomadic country since ancient times, which has made for a big influence in the music and other aspects of the culture. Other than that, shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism play a huge impact on its culture as well.

The currency of the country is Tugrik. The exchange rate is approximately 4500 Tugriks for 1 US dollar. The exchange is available in official organizations, such as banks and bureaus de change in the streets and hotels. However, in hotels, the rates may be lower, than elsewhere. The easiest currency to exchange in Mongolia is US dollar, then Euro and Russian Rouble.

Visa and MasterCard credit cards are acceptable in hotels, banks, some shops and restaurants of the capital city. ATMs are also available in the main cities of the country’s provinces. Traveler’s cheques are acceptable, although it may be hard to exchange them outside of the capital. Also, to avoid additional exchange commissions, it is better to have traveler’s cheques in US dollars, than in any other currency.

European types of sockets are used in Mongolia. The usual voltage is 230V.

Car rental is available through tourism agencies. However, cars mostly come with a driver, due to poor driving conditions in the country.

August 20, 2016 12:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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