Nomiĭn Khüree, Ikh Khüree, Bogdiin Khuree, Da Khüree or simply Khüree, via Chinese into Western languages as “Kulun” or “Kuren” or Urga, in a few hundered years, there have been many names.
With independence in 1911 the city’s name was changed to Niĭslel Khüree (“Capital Camp”) and then in 1924 “Red Hero” or Ulan Batur. Not and never “UB”.
A hodge-podge of Soviet, classical Russian, squatter camps, central Asian bazaars and Buddhist monastries, the city is not why you have come to this end of the world country, but there’s stuff to see, and plenty which will grab your attention, if not your heart.