About

UUGUUL was originally a cultural center founded by Steve E. MOREL in March 2019, located in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar.

To bring the cultural exchange further, the center transformed into this website, including a community and a learning platform.
The goal behind this community is to promote and contribute into preserving the ancestral art and culture of Mongolia. The Morin Khuur, the Mongol language, history and ancestral art and music are at the core of this goal!

The word UUGUUL can be translated by Original as in initial or even Ancestral or Native.


The Environment of the UUGUUL Cultural Center

You can also have a look on a short story of the center


Steve E. Morel
Founder

Graduated from the University of Language and Civilization as specialist in Mongol Language and Literature (Bachelor of Arts) since 2020.
Professional in CGI industry (Direction, Photography, Vfx) since 2003.
Psychology and non-violent communication studies since 2013.
Researcher in traditional Mongol art (Morin Khuur, Bii Biyelgee, Urtiin Duu, Hoomii, Calligraphy, Morin Khuur crafting, seal sculpting…) since 2014.
Numerous lectures about traditions, consciousness, ecology in school, interviews and TV shows.
Teaching Morin Khuur since 2016.


Jargalsaikhan Gaanjuursuren
Co-Founder

Doctor (Ph.D) in Mongol linguistics, Mongol script.
Teacher of History, Linguistics and Ethnicities since 1997.
Teacher of Mongol language (Cyrillic and Uyghur).
Lecturer (Mongol history, civilization and ethnicities) since 2001.
Numerous publications about Mongol ethnicities and history.


Laura Wahba
English Language Advisor

Teacher of English as a second language since 1991.
Celtic Harp player.
Sean nos singer (ancient Irish singing).
Folk music and ancestral music enthusiast since childhood.


During the Morin Khuur Class

During the Lectures


Partners

Below you will see people who contribute and support the UUGUUL adventure!

BOUZHIGMAA SANTARO

S. Bouzhigmaa is an ethnomusicologist, musician and cultural event manager.
Her main field of research is Mongol epic poems and folk songs.
She plays morin khuur, violoncello and piano, and has done numerous international musical collaborations.
She also makes crochet dolls and roller dances as a hobby.

SAMUEL MOUROT

M. Samuel is a French musician and jaw harp (aman khuur) maker. He plays and teaches khöömiimorin khuur, tsuur flute, and jawharp.
He promotes the Mongol and central Asian cultures in his concerts and workshops, and by supplying musical instruments, as well as ritual and cultural items from Mongolia.

ALTANTUYA BATTULGA

B. Altantuya is a renowned calligrapher, textologist (text linguist) and ancestral language researcher.
She is a fervent activist for the diffusion and transmission of the Mongol script.
She also teaches calligraphy and recently released a self-learning method for Mongol Script.

GANTSETSEG BALDAN

B. Gantsetseg is a renowned artist and painter who specialised in traditional Mongol, and Buddhist painting since 1992.
She also created a variety of art pieces from leather. In 2006, she spent 6 months in China to exhibit in Alasha.
She made multiple solo exhibitions in Mongolia as well as in Europe, in collaboration with R. Lkhagvarentsen.

LKHAGVARENTSEN RENTSENKHORLOO

R. Lkhagvarentsen is a renowned painter who specialised in traditional Mongol, and Buddhist painting since 1992.
He taught at the Buddhist University in Budapest, Hungary from 1998 to 2000.
He made multiple solo exhibitions in Mongolia as well as in Europe, in collaboration with B. Gantsetseg.

Some of Our Creations

Free free to visit our shop in which you can find hand made calligraphy, painting, stone seal as well as books and music recordings.

Note that our stock of original and unique creations might vary and some items might not be available at time.