Recently, residents noticed that iron walls have been fenced around the Asa Circus and statement glued the wall saying ‘under construction’. Therefore, many people are suspecting that the owner, the former Mongolian sumo wrestler, ‘Asashoryu’ D.Davgadorj has started demolishing controversial circus. However, circus officials have released a statement that the inside of the old building has been under renovation since 1 July and is due to re-open on 15 November. The reconstruction will not affect the circus’s iconic original design.
When Asashoryu D.Dagvadorj acquired the State Circus in 2008, he promised to develop circus arts to make is big as the Sun Circus. The promises of the controversial sumo wrestler have not been realized. Today, the State Circus has become a commercial establishment rather than the cultural hub it was intended to be. After management privatization, performers have to pay high leases of MNT 2.5 million from State Budget for practices and circus performances.
Mongolian circus artists continue to exhilarate audiences from all over the world. Mongolia’s top talents in the circus have become stars in Las Vegas. Some perform in South Africa and play with the Circus of the Sun, which is the most popular circus in the world.
The circus was constructed in 1971 with assistance of Romania and designed by Ya.Sharkhuu, a famous Mongolian architect. The circus design was inspired from round hats worn by Khuree women in the time.