Kharkhorin, Övörkhangai Province, Mongolia

🇲🇳 Kharkhorin (Хархорин) is a town and sum (district) centre in Övörkhangai Province in Mongolia. Kharkhorin town itself covers an area of 20.5 km².

Kharkhorin is located at the lower end of the upper valley of the Orkhon River which is included within UNESCO's World Heritage Site Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape. The location marks the easternmost foothills of the Khangai Mountains, where they meet the rolling steppe of central Mongolia.

Nearby are the ruins of the ancient town of Karakorum (also known as Kharkhorum or Qara Qorum) which, for a short time, served as the capital of the Mongol Empire under Ogedei Khan. Another Kharkhorin landmark is Erdene Zuu monastery and its famous phallic rock. The important Paleolithic archaeological site of Moiltyn-am is located near the bridge over the Orkhon River, just west of the settlement. A modern resort is south of Kharkhorin at Khujirt on the Orkhon River.

Kharkhorin's principal sources of income are tourism and agriculture. Water from the Orkhon River serves to irrigate crops on the large plain east of the town. The Kharkhorin Airport (KHR/ZMHH) has one unpaved runway and is served by regular flights from and to Mongolia's capital, Ulan Bator.

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Kharkhorin has a population of over 13,977 people. Kharkhorin also forms part of the wider Övörkhangai Province which has a population of over 115,684 people. Kharkhorin is situated near Arvaikheer.

Twin Towns, Sister Cities Kharkhorin has links with: 🇹🇷 Bolu, Turkey.

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