Photos of Dundgovi (Middle Gobi) Province, Mongolia

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Dundgovi (Middle Gobi) Province

Dundgovi (= Middle Gobi) aimag is, in spite of its name, actually in the northern part of the Gobi desert, about 240 kilometres south of Ulaanbaatar. It is mostly a barren gravel plain, with areas of peculiar rock formations. The area is 74,690 km² and it has a total population of almost 48,000 people.

On the ''road''
 
Mandalgovi sidewalk
 
Statue of Sükhbaatar
 
Happy workers statue
 
View of Mandalgovi
 
Mandalgovi panorama
 
Morin Khuur monument
 
Cosmonaut statue
 
Dashgimpeliin Khiid
 
Mandalgovi ger district
 
View to Mandalgovi
 
Gobi Hotel, Mandalgovi
 

The capital town is Mandalgovi, a small town of about 10,000 and was founded in 1942. I has a few hotels, a museum and a monastery, Dashgimpeliin Khiid, opened in 1991; during the purges in 1936 all monasteries had been destroyed. A hill just north of the town, Mandaliin Khar Ovoo, has a monument depicting a large Morin Khuur, the national instrument of Mongolia with its carved horse head, on the summit; there are some Soviet-style statues here too, like the two workers in typical happy communist poses, their fingers suffering from an advanced case of concrete cancer and a bizarre concrete replica of a sculpture commemorating the first Mongolian cosmonaut, Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa, who in March 1978 spent almost 8 days in space as part of the Soviet Intercosmos programme; the original statue is in Choir, Govisümber Province, in the east-central part of the country. There is a large ger district on the east side of town.