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Care for unlimitted lamb and unlimited beer? There are other jingisukan in Sapporo but what’s unlimited lamb without unlimited freshly-brewed Sapporo draft beer? Six types of draft beer at that! Housed right inside the red brick building with a towering chimney that was built in 1890 as a sugar factory before it became a malting plant (until 1963), it has since operated as the Sapporo Beer Garden. Dining here combines history, tradition and mugs and jugs and steins of good Sapporo beer.

Late February and the place still looks Christmas-y complete with a lighted pine tree. By itself, the red brick building is a tourist attraction. Genghis Khan (or jingisukan) is what they call that famed Hokkaido dish of lamb grilled on a dome-shaped metal skillet that drains off excess fat down to the side. A cube of fat is provided to grease the grill that somehow resembles the helmet of Mongolian warriors back when the preferred meat was lamb or mutton. The story goes that these warriors used to cook their meats using their helmets. The special sauce here has traces of apple and lemon, and goes perfectly well with the tender meat and an assortment of veggies.

I’m not a big fan of lamb and one jug of beer is all I can handle. But our boys were all happy diners. In fact, very serious diners. After all, the “unli” feature holds for only 100 minutes , so they were quick to grill their meats and just as quick to down their golden liquids. Yeah, stuff them good. Mow them down. Drink away! Cheers. Enjoy! 🍺🍺🍺

P.S. When they hand you a plastic bag, it’s a cue for you to take off your jackets, coats, gloves, mufflers, etc to stuff inside including your bag. Hopefully, the smell of grilled meat won’t reach them 😜

Happy Diners!!!


Stainless Steel gleaming, shining bright on this sunny day just 50 kilometers out of Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia. The world’s largest equestrian statue is right here. Chinggis Khaan looking like the fierce warrior he was, ruling over what was once the world’s largest contiguous empire!

 

 

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Look at those kids run, imagine them screaming……… Chinggis must be amused!

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World’s Largest Equestrian Statue. And in stainless steel!

 

 

Unlike the old temples and museums in disrepair we visited in Ulan Bator, this giant equestrian statue is new, modern and very impressive. It also chose its site (allegedly where they found the golden whip) very well. Unobstructed, it was quite a sight from a distance. We took the elevator through the horse’s tail, then walked towards the horse’s head where we came out to see Chinggis Khaan and his golden whip up close. Around the giant statue are the sacred mountains, vast fields where animals graze, and a cluster of gers.

 

 

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Chinggis Khaan and His Golden Whip. Allegedly, the golden whip was found somewhere here. One of those fascinating tales from Mongolia!

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See that ger camp? I won’t be surprised if the giant equestrian statue is soon surrounded by MORE gers in the coming years.

 

 

Inside, there are 2 museums dealing with the Great Warrior, his Mongolian empire, some artifacts, and more. We were lucky to get admitted just when a batch of teens were leaving…… And to exit just when a batch of kids were admitted. The latter group ran around like their energies were at an all time high. By the time they stepped outside, they were screaming and running like some monster was chasing them. Kids!

 

 

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Out of nowhere, this gate towards the giant statue alerts you some 50 kms out of UB

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On your way to the statue, you’d likely stop to take these photos of livestock grazing. Lambs, goats, yaks, horses, cattle having a reunion!

 

 

And if you’re here visiting, you might fancy renting Mongolian costumes πŸ˜‰ Let’s see…… This must be Attila the Hun and his (aging) concubines. :))

 

 

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Attila the Hun and his concubines?

 

 

A bit of trivia on Attila the Hun:

Fierce warrior he may be, but Attila didn’t die fighting. Rather, he died drinking and choking. And right on the night of his marriage! He drank, collapsed, nosebled and choked on his own blood. Just like that…… Tsk Tsk .


Yesterday, I’ve packed for yet another trip to strike off my bucket list. I’ve always wondered about this once-upon-a-time biggest ever empire. Think Genghis Khan. Or do I say Chinggis Khan? The capital is Ulaan Bataar….. or do I say Ulan Bator? Hopefully, I’ d know which is which in the coming days.

 

 

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Direct flight via Korean Air Lines from Incheon Airport to Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia

 

Caught the connecting flight in Incheon Airport but flight was delayed. It was midnight and cold at 9 Celsius by the time we landed in the coldest capital of the world. The handle of my luggage broken as I lifted it off the carousel, my bag and I survived the trip. Flying in is my only option. Trashed earlier ideas of riding the Trans-Siberian Train from Moscow, stopping by Ulaan Bataar, on its way to Beijing, China. After all, I can’t imagine what I’d do on 5 days of train travel other than reading books on the longest railway in the world.

 

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Chinggis Khaan Airport in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia.
All those repetitive letter AA’s!

 

Our hotel in the financial and transport hub of Mongolia smacks of Soviet “efficiency”. Super duper big-sized beds in an equally big-sized room which provides the smallest complimentary bottles of water. The big beds complete with duvet and lamps at every corner do not match the old, unstylish tables, chairs and sofa. And the rooms don’t come cheap at US$220 for this very new hotel with a sofa looking like it had seen better days. Days old, and we must be among the first (complaining) guests. 😦

 

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Just a couple of days old, Corporate Hotel is huge. Lotsa space for a standard twin room. $220. Big beds, big toilet, poorly styled tables and chairs and closets.

 

Fact is, it ain’t cheap in Mongolia. We’ve checked the transport system and decided to forego all DIY plans. Hotels are expensive and taxis and buses are hard to come by. Once we went to check out the Museum and asked the taxi to wait to ensure we get back to our hotel before the chill hits us. The temp goes from warm 32C down to a chilly 9C in a few hours. Walking is an option. But mind the temps.

 

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The UB skyscape is fast changing……….ongoing construction everywhere. High rise buildings for a country where 70% of population still live in gers.

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Sukhbataar Square. Literally means “Red Hero” for the guy who proclaimed independence for the country back in the 1920s.

 

Thing is there isn’t much to see within the capital. There seems to be a construction boom within the city as many high-rise buildings threaten to mark the skyline. I wish they build more roads especially the SINGLE 2-way lane to and from the airport! I remember arriving nearly midnight in Ulaan Bataar and getting a tad impatient with the midnight traffic on way to our hotel. The way back is another story. It was another near-midnight flight out of UB , same midnight traffic and a driver from hell! The man from Fiji riding in the same van with us said he’d never said the “S” word so many times in a single hour. He went further and said they’re under a million in their island country and felt he’s an endangered specie. At one point, he screamed and begged “Ladies, please start praying…..” Thank God for this man’s sense of humor, the hellish drive to catch our flight slipped by easily on the nerves.

 

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Visit a couple of temples, if you like.

 

Outside of the Museums, a couple of temples and Sukhbaatar Square, your best bet is to hire a private car or van or join an organized tour to visit the must-see destinations outside the city. We’ve checked out those tours on offer, but learned the interesting sites are coupled with way too many stopovers at gem, cashmere and souvenir shops. So we decided to compose our own itinerary with the hired van, and do the city tour, museum visits and shopping activities on our own.

 

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National Museum. But we enjoyed the old Natural History Museum with those dinosaur eggs and skeletons more.

 

Watch this page for blogs on the following. Or better still, just click on any of these links!

 

Terelj National Park

A Day With Nomad Family & Meditation Temple

Chinggis Khan Giant Statue

Chinggis Kuree Ger Camp & Mini Naadam

Gandantegchinleng Monastery Complex

The City Life

Natural History Museum (Dinosaurs!)

Zaisan Hill & Memorial Shrine

Winter Palace of the Last Monggol King

Mongolia!