Shopping in Ulaanbaatar


There are many uniquely Mongolian artifacts that can buy in Ulaanbaatar. Perhaps the most popular product with tourists is the high-quality cashmere made here. You can buy from the factory shops, the department store and various museum shops. Camel hair is wonderfully warm and thicker than cashmere and is left its natural tan color. It is slightly cheaper than cashmere and makes beautiful waistcoats and jackets.

There are different versions of the traditional ‘deel' which is made from multicolored silks, cotton and velvet: summer, autumn and winter ones (according to material and lining) ‘a party deel' which is more fitted and ornate and there is also the ‘dan' which is totally fitted, sleeveless and is either full length or half-length. There are deels in the Department Store "Nomin".

Traditional hats (summer and winter), children's clothes, boots (felt or leather with patterned leather appliqué and stitching), snuff bottles and their embroidered pouches and games using sheep's anklebones “shagai” can also be bought from the Department Store.

Jewelry and silverwork, in particular, are very fine and you can buy traditional designs at the State Jewelry Store. If you are into horses you can buy a wooden decorated saddle with intricate silverwork or bridle.

Traditional Mongolian art is very evocative of its unique culture and you can buy various sizes of paintings on paper, canvas or wood as well as Buddhist Tankas on silk. Buy from museum shops, large hotel shops, and art shops.

For Buddhist paraphernalia visit Gandan Monastery and the shops there.