Organized Panel Session
Mongolia is a well-known center of nomads. The traditional arts and cultures of Mongolia have retained unique essence of nomadic thinking and knowledge that have been transmitted for generations, from fathers to sons and from ancestors to descendants. We are responsible for preserving the unique cultural heritage of the nomadic Mongols in the globalized world and, in addition, for improving the welfare of today’s nomadic societies. We believe that cultural tourism plays a crucial role in preserving and transferring the cultural knowledge of ancestors to the younger generations. In cultural tourism, museums can serve as important agents collecting and preserving artifacts and cultural knowledge as well as sharing them with the wider society through various educational programs. Participation of local residents is very important for successful management of museums. This paper will be devoted to the roles of museums in preserving and protecting nomadic culture, resources and cultural and historical values through cultural tourism. It will be proposed to develop cultural tourism that highlights not only tangible but also intangible aspects of cultural heritage. This presentation will examine Kharkhorin Museum in Uvurkhangai province as one of the case studies. It is noted that the joint cultural tourism activities by the state and municipal governments with representatives of the tourism business restore the cultural heritage and increase the attractiveness of the region.