Bogd Khaan’s Brown Palace to become a museum
Out of four palaces of Bogd Khaan, only the Green Palace is operational now. The Brown Palace, or Khaistain Laviran, is located in the 11th Khoroo of Khan-Uul District and is watched over by only one guard family. Its appearance has deteriorated significantly as it has been abandoned for many years.
However, to the delight of the Mongolian art community, the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism (MCST) has decided to renovate the Brown Palace and operate it as a public museum.
Below is a short interview with B.Davaatseren, Cultural Heritage Division expert at MCST.
-Why has MCST decided to use the Brown Palace as a museum?
-This palace fell under state protection in 2008 and was enlisted as property of Ulaanbaatar. In 2008, it was decided that the IKEL Foundation would oversee it for five years and that contract ends in late 2013. Chief of the Ulaanbaatar City Representative’s Council, D.Battulga, received a request to renovate the Brown Palace to its original design and use it as a museum.
-This palace building was rented to individuals for a while, but is it legal to use a building under state property for business matters?
-It was rented to individuals when it was under the ownership of the Academy of Management. But from now on the palace will not be used for business matters.
-Will some of the artifacts from the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum be exhibited at the Brown Palace?
-No. Visitors will be able to see how the original Brown Palace was decorated with magnificent craftsmanship.
-The palace building is quite deteriorated. You said the palace will be renovated. Will it be demolished and rebuilt?
-I’m not sure. We will decide whether to demolish or repair it after studying the renovation design.
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