Entertainment in Ulaanbaatar

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    Tumen Ekh National Song & Dance Ensemble

    The Tumen Ekh Song & Dance Ensemble at the State Youth & Children’s Theatre is the most popular tourist cultural show in town, featuring traditional singers, dancers and contortionists. It’s a great chance to hear khöömii (throat singing) and see some fabulous costumes. Shows last just over an hour, and are held daily outside of winter months; check the ensemble's Facebook page for the schedule.

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    National Academic Drama Theatre

    During most of the year this large, red-hued theatre shows one of a dozen or so Mongolian-language productions by various playwrights from Mongolia, Russia and beyond. You can buy tickets in advance through Easy Ticket (www.easyticket.mn) or at the booking office, which is inside the small concrete guardhouse on the right-hand side of the theatre.

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    State Opera & Ballet Theatre

    Built by the Russians in 1932 (look for the Soviet stars on the columns), the State Opera & Ballet Theatre is the salmon-pinkish building on the southeast corner of Sükhbaatar Sq. On Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the year, and sometimes also on weekend afternoons in the summer, the theatre stages stirring ballet and Mongolian-language opera. It's closed in August.

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    UB Jazz Club

    As the name suggests, this is a dedicated jazz club – the only one in Ulaanbaatar. There's live music nightly at around 9pm. A rotating group of bands play here (check the Facebook page for upcoming events). You don't need a ticket to get in, unless it's a special event. The unfiltered house beer is another reason to drop by.

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    Gandan Live House

    UB's premier live-music venue is this boozy club that hosts local bands playing anything from indie rock to electronica. Music is on Friday and Saturday nights, and during the week it's a rock bar and restaurant. There's an inviting outdoor terrace in summer, and it's part of an entertainment complex of bars, clubs and restaurants.

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    Puppet Theatre

    Great if you are travelling with children, with three performances a week. Days and times change monthly, so call ahead.

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    Central Sports Palace

    Wrestling, judo, basketball and boxing are held at the Central Sports Palace during the year. If you're in the area drop by and you can usually watch training for the various sports. Late afternoon is the best.

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    American Center for Mongolian Studies

    Has a small library of books on Mongolia. Hosts occasional lectures by Western and Mongolian academics, authors and other people of interest; check the website for events.

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    Wrestling Palace

    For wrestling outside of Naadam, check out the schedule at the Wrestling Palace, which is the ger-shaped building south of the Chinggis Khaan Hotel.

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    Latest Hollywood releases screened in English.

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    River Sounds

    A dedicated live-music venue where folk head for dinner with a show, including jazz bands and the occasional indie rock band. It's located behind the Foreign Ministry.

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    Örgöö 2 Cinema

    This comfortable theatre has air-conditioned halls and a modern projection system screening the latest Hollywood releases.