Mr. Gongor Purev or Undur Gongor\"Tall Gongor"\ as publicly known\1879-1931\, the tallest ever Mongol in the modern Mongolian history. Gongor was born in south of today's Huvsgul Province of Mongolia. He was measured 2.36 m (7 ft 9 in) high by Roy Chapman Andrews, but some other sources even give 2.45 m (8 ft). He is known all over Mongolia, and also mentioned or pictured in some accounts of contemporary western travellers. He moved to Urga\today's Ulaanbaatar\ and was employed in administration of last king taking care of an elephant. In 1913, Mr. Gongor went to Saint Pettersburg as a bodyguard to Mongolian delegation led by Prime Minister T. Namnansuren that sought help from Tzar of Russia. 

 Rs: Roy Chapman Andrews, an American explorer who in 1920-s discovered a lot of bones and eggs of dinosaurs in Mongolia.


In 2006, Guinness World Records recognised Mr. Basansuren\Bao Xishun, born 1951\, a herdsman from Inner Mongolia, China as the world's tallest ever living man. The Mongol man is 2.36 meter. From father's side, the world's tallest man belongs to Borjigin clan as Great Chingis Khaan.

RS: In 2006, The Mongolian herdsman saved 2 dolphins in aquarium, China's Liaoning Province by extracting dangerous plactics that stuck in their stomachs by using his 1.06 meter long arms.

driving tank

Travellers are to drive an old Soviet T-55 tank in Mongolia.  By the way, this tank is still able fight. In war reportages from Syria, you can notice that there are many T-55 tanks like this one here. This tank is simple and less vulnerable to enemy fire. Along with T-72, these type of tank is a main battle mashine there. Photo taken by Bolod.

winter race

Race has just ended for this horse. The horse crossed finish line the first. Happy owner and his assitants are removing sweat from the winner. Horse race is entertainment and business in Mongolia. Some people call it as a business of wealthy people. Racing in bitterly cold weather is specially hard and dangerous for jokeys who are always chidren. Although jockeys have to be older than 7 by law, in countryside,  6, even 5 year- old kids manage to participate in races. School teachers and chidren's organisations in Mongolia try to make differences. Photo taken by Bolod.

travels to mongolia

These two men show very Mongolian features. Their faces are brotherly familiar to me. I advise you to read a very interesting book of Mongols: "Travels In Mongolia, 1902: Journey of C.W. Campbell", the British consul in China. Consul C.W Campbell travelled to Mongolia and met its people. That time there were no inner and outer Mongolia. There was just one Mongolia.

picking up dungs

Bas tuukh or picking up dungs of cows is just one of numerious tasks that each Mongol herder does on daily basis for centuries. My grand-mother probably picked up several hundred tonnes of these cow dungs during her 92 year- life time. I did many hundred kilos, believe me.

Picking up the dungs is for:

a. cleaning floor of animal's shelter.

b. piling them for drying for fuel. During summer dungs get absolutely dryed.

Nomads don't pick up dungs of sheeps and goats because they are too small in size. Mongols also don't collect those of horses because the animals don't stay overnight near camps and their dungs are fairy small. Camel dungs are still too small although sometimes camels can stay near campment.

Photo by Bolod.

new year

New Year is like changing tired horses to fresh ones. Using urga or lasso, these two Mongol men caught fresh horses on field and released those they rode for some days. Photo taken in Bulgan province by Bolod.

horses arrive

Horses arriving. A few meters left! This spectator can't keep his emotions. It's how horses of one of 6 races appraoching finish line. Naadam of Ulziit County of central westrern Uvurkhangai Province. The county is celebrating it's local Naadam today: July 8th, a bit earlier than central event in Ulaanbaatar which always starts on July 11th. Photo taken by Bolod.

winter riding

It's not cold in winter here in case you are dressed in warm Mongolian sheepskin coat, boots and fox hat. Riders are a Swedish girl and a Honkong boy. Guide is Bor, a man who lives between sand dunes of Mongol Els and rocky mountains of Hugnu Khaan in central-western Bulgan Province. Mr.Bor was living all his life here but a 3-year miitary service.
"Teme"-s or Camels in Mongolian are also dressed in winter in their heavy warm wool coats. Riding camel is soft, warm and comfortable. Photo taken by me, Bolod.


Wow!!! Better than Coca Cola!!! The juice of cheese they are drinking seems to be much tastier for them than expensive foreign juices sold in shops of village where the older boy certainly has to go to by September for study. But it's still many days to do it although it's important not to forget too much of those have been learnt in classes while having a lot of fun like this on daily basis during 3-months school holiday. As usual, I'm thinking of return of the photo to the kids when I go again in the area. The area where the boys live is near Mongolia's historically significant Herlen River. 03.8.2012. Photo taken by Bolod N Mukhadi.


July 25th, 2015. A Mongol woman allegedly sentenced for adultery to die of starvation in box-prison inherited from Manchu-Chinese rulers. Photo by Stephane Passet. Whatever crime she commited, it's a horrible abuse to human and woman's dignity. It's a horrible and shame atrocity in Mongolia which was just freed from foreign colony. Manchu Empire that controlled over China, Mongolia, Tuva and a part of Xingiang for 300 years was declared over in 1911. Since 1911, Outer Mongolia was ruled by Tibetan-born king called Bogd Khaan...

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20.6.2014. In a traditional style ger of Mongols. Till 1930-40s, Mongol ger had this style. Like this one, the gers or mobile tents of Mongols used to be visibly higher than most gers today. It was easy to produce them massively with lower roofs. But, gers with lower roof require additionally more waterproof coverings. I believe, it was un  a wrong initiative in central Mongolia. Traditional style gers have widely survived in Inner Mongolia of China and western Mongolia. Unfortunately, gers in most of Mongolia got low roofs. Photo taken by Bolod.

horseriding in mongolia1

Two young Finnish people riding horses in Mongolia. Man is sitting on traditional Mongolian wooden saddle while girl is on soldier's saddle or "russian saddle" which is more liked by foreigners. Mongols, themselves prefer wooden saddle and they exclusively ride on it during festivals. 12.11.2015. Photo taken by Bolod.


Shooting a sniper rifle SVD\Sniperskaya Vintovka Dragunova\ at a military cp. Next weapons that the man may try are AK-47, Maxim mashine gun, Makarov pistol, RPG...

Shooting instructor was himself a top-ranked sniper in army before retirement.


An ancient grave covered by stones is found at 10km to south from historically significant Hukh Nuur or "Blue Lake" where in 1189 a convention of Mongol tribe leaders took a place and elected 28 year-old Temuujin as Chingis Khaan. Photo taken by Bolod.