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Mongolia's Beauty

Posted: 06/22/11 03:03 PM ET

Mongolia is a land-locked country with the 19th largest geographic size of any country yet a total population of around 2.8 million people or slightly lower than the population of Brooklyn. As a result, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. The capital city, Ulaanbaatar (also spelled Ulan Bator) contains nearly half the population of the entire country.

The Mongolian Empire, founded by Ghengis Khan, was the largest contiguous empire in the history of the world, spanning from the Sea of Japan to Eastern Europe, more than 1/5th of the entire land mass on earth. So influential was Ghengis Khan, that the Washington Post deemed him the "Man of the Millennium."

During my brief visit to Mongolia, I was able to visit some of the museums, temples, architectural sites as well as take a few trips to the countryside. Please enjoy the pictures.

Gandan Monastery
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Established in 1835, this temple was the main center for Buddhist studies in Mongolia. It was one of the few monasteries that was not destroyed by the Communist government in the 1930's.
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