First vinyl record shop opens in Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar

Dund Gol Records can be found in the Children’s Book Palace of Mongolia

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The first vinyl record shop has opened in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar.

Dund Gol Records opened in the Children’s Book Palace of Mongolia in March, 2015, according to a report on The Vinyl Factory website.

One of the world’s most isolated record shops, Dund Gol Records is the brainchild of B. Batbold. It has a stock of over 1,000 vinyl records from Batbold’s own collection.

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In an interview with The UB Post, Batbold said, “Western artists are releasing vinyl records instead of CDs. I don’t want to keep all my vinyl records. I want to spread vinyl records to people who collect vinyl records. That’s why I opened the store.”

When asked what his most expensive items were, he replied: “The average prize is 50,000 MNT [£16]. Unique records are a bit more expensive. Old and used records are cheap.

“The most expensive record is by the Mongolian modern music band Soyol-Erdene and a record by Bayanmongol, which was recorded by a Russian company named ‘Melody’ in 1970. Vinyl record collectors around the world are interested in these two records because they are very rare.”

Dund Gol Records stocks a selection of western pop and classical music as well as local bands. You can find more information on their Facebook page.

Another store in Ulaanbaatar – HiFi CD Shop – specialises in Mongolian music CDs.

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