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Living Tiny in a Traditional Mongolian Yurt with a Modern Twist: Floor to Ceiling Windows!

This is the story of Mat and Danielle’s experience staying in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Only this one is slightly modernized with some awesome floor to ceiling windows along one side.

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Traditional Mongolian Yurt with Floor to Ceiling Windows!

Nothing like adding a little something modern to juxtapose the traditional style!

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Heres the effect when you’re inside.

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How awesome is that?

Video: Traditional Mongolian Yurt with Modern Floor to Ceiling Windows!


  • Handcrafted yurt in Mongolia
  • Imported by Groovy Yurts
  • Learn about staying in a yurt here
  • Floor to ceiling windows on one side


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzVqc_P6tMA
  2. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8EQAfueDGNeqb1ALm0LjHA
  3. http://www.groovyyurts.com/dev/en/
  4. http://www.groovyyurts.com/dev/en/yurt-breakfast/

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  • March 20, 2020, 5:33 am

    That’s amazing. Yurts are as flexible and easily-designed as most regular homes are. I love the effect that floor to ceiling windows are giving. It’s modern, hip and provides a great view. Have it done here: https://www.simpleterra.com/yurt-kits/ and might cost a bit less!

  • S
    August 13, 2020, 12:21 am

    Hi! Lovely spot! Just wanted to point out that a traditional Mongolian “yurt” is actually called a ger. A “yurt” is the Russian form of the word and a different structure entirely

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 14, 2020, 9:30 am

      Wow! I have loved yurts for years and I didn’t know that. Thank you, S!

  • Peter
    March 25, 2021, 4:02 am

    Hi Guys thanks for the great video. I just need to ask, from my experience living in Mongolia for a few years I was under the impression the traditional Mongolian round house was called a GER. Yurt I believe is the Russian round house with just one center pole supporting the roof struts whereas the GER has two upright poles. The door should always face south. I look forward to your comments.

    • James D.
      March 27, 2021, 7:22 pm

      Yes, GER is the Mongolian name for a Yurt, but the name originated from Old Turkish Yurt, which propagated to other languages over time, and it was from the Russian “yurta” (юрта), that it came into English usage, thus the reference to Russia, but modern usage is usually as a generic reference to all versions as Yurts, unless specifically otherwise noted.

      There are otherwise several types of Yurts, as it does date back thousands of years and multiple cultures adopted it over that time over the central Asian region. The GER and the bentwood Yurt (also known as the Üy and sometimes called Turkic yurts) are the two main types most commonly known and referred to when referencing traditional Yurts… as the name applies, the bentwood Yurt differed in that the roof was steam bent to form a more curved shape while GER’s used straight poles for a very gently sloping roof.

      And yes, the traditional Mongolian GER has two upright poles…

      In addition to the door always facing to the south. The opposing north section of the yurt was reserved for honored guests. The eastern section was for the men along with their clothes, tools, and saddles. Women occupied the western area of each yurt, along with the kitchen. While the fire place was kept at the center, and in Mongolian culture, the crown of the structure was passed down from father to son. So long-established families could point to smoke stains on the crown as evidence of their clan’s endurance…

      While Yurts have remained virtually unchanged for most of its history, modern yurts do tend to take advantage of modern materials and construction options to the point some may only have a passing resemblance to the traditional Yurts but can still be called a Yurt because it was still inspired by Yurts… Though, not everyone agrees that’s appropriate…

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