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Doors in/to Cities: Ulaanbaatar

by Anna Fogel

In the ger districts of Ulaanbaatar, each ger or home is separated from its neighbors by a high wooden fence. When you walk along the roads in the ger districts, you have the distinct feeling of being kept out of residents’ personal space, both visually and physically.

But once past the outer fence, the doorways into the gers are often brightly painted, with colorful patterns and images, evoking a sense of warmth and welcome…

…which sharply contrasts with the outside during the cold, winter months.

Credits: Photos by Anna Fogel.