Ulaanbaatar celebrates 397th anniversary
On the occasion of the 379th anniversary of Ulaanbaatar, many celebratory events were held on October 29 by the city authority. The biggest was an honorary concert held at the Central Cultural Palace.
Ulaanbaatar Mayor S.Batbold said, “The commemoration day of the establishment of Ulaanbaatar is a celebratory day for all of us. This day allows the city mayors to toast to this occasion by reporting what we have done and will do the upcoming year to the citizens. With the aim to increase the activeness of our citizens, we have organized and concluded many projects this year. It was a year in which we turned around the education, infrastructure, and roads in the city. There were definite results to the collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and the citizens towards creating a safe city. To state one instance, we have abolished the possession of the space surrounding residential area, schools and kindergartens and gave back 16.3 hectares of land to our citizens.”
The mayor went further to say, “The result of this work shows that the citizens in Ulaanbaatar have always been the key focus of the development of the city. In the future, we will work together with our citizens for the prosperity of the city.”
Each year, there is a tradition where the donors of blood are thanked for taking initiatives and saving the lives of many. The Mayor’s Office awarded donor T.Alimaa with the honorary medal of Ulaanbaatar, and other awards were handed to honorary donors N.Enkhtaivan, B.Ulziikhisheg, B.Khatanbaatar, Yu.Tserenchimed, S.Gantulga, Yu.Altangadas and G.Uuganbayar.
Ulaanbaatar was founded in 1629 as a nomadic Buddhist monastic center. The capital settled permanently at its present location at the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers in 1778. Prior to the current one, it changed location 28 times, where each one was chosen ceremonially. In the 20th century, the city grew into a major manufacturing center. Additionally, the city is a member of the Asian Network of Major 21 Cities alongside Moscow, Hohhot, Seoul, Sapporo and Denver as its sister cities.