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Getting to know the ger area
The original form of the rapidly urbanizing city of Ulaanbaatar is the ger area, where more than 60% of the city’s population live. The ger area, as old as the city gets, embodies all the elements of Mongolia's unique urban evolution, from the oldest part of town, to the most recent settlements of newcomers.
It is home to important economic activities, valuable land capital, and a majority of voting power - making it one of the most interesting parts of the city to explore. The future of ger areas is subject to an ongoing discussion among decision makers, urban planners, international development organizations and foremost, the citizens of Ulaanbaatar.
While the ger area faces many challenges in its expansion and development, we believe a closer look at life in the ger area from human-centered perspective through conversations with local communities will reveal the potential for community-driven, sustainable development.
Using community mapping, we aim to provide:
-Insight into local communities and the issues they face.
-Information about systems of urban infrastructure and services in this city.
-Above all, we aim to shed light on good practices and community development initiatives led by communities themselves.
The GCMC is committed to supporting the individuals, communities and initiatives in the ger area that we get to know during our tours.
This is why we have set up Giving Back To Our Community to connect local initiatives with those who want to help.
GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE NOW:
Nogoon Nuur park is in the process of building a library for the children who come to spend their free time at the park. The park is also accepting books for the library.
You can take part in this effort by organizing a book-drive, donating materials to build the library space, or by volunteering your time and skills.
For more info: contact us.
share your ger area experience...
"Our small group was able to see Mongolia in a way that few short term visitors or long term expats are able. A far cry from the often criticized "poverty tours" in other regions, this tour showed the vibrancy as well as the challenges of the ger districts of Ulaanbaatar." - J.C
"Thanks very much for an interesting and insightful tour of the Ger areas.
"Ger Tour is not a slum tour to show poor people to rich tourists. It is done by and for people from the ger district of Ulaanbaatar, helping the community get recognized and have its voice heard. It absolutely changed my perspective on this big, yet little known and neglected part of the city." - S.P