Mongolia Things to Do

  • Gandan Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Gandan Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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  • Gandan Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Gandan Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Mongolia Things to Do

  • 'Great Place of Complete Joy'

    The Gandantegchinlen Monastery is the main religious center in the country. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery was founded in the beggining of 19th century and still functions a place of worship - that why it is really woth visiting! Gandan Monastery functioned until 1937, when the communists closed all the temples in the country. Most of the...

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  • Naadam Festival

    The Naadam in Ulan Bator is amazing! The opening ceremonies are really cool and the horse racing, which takes place outside the city, are a photographer's dream.

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  • ULAAN BAATOR : MUSEUM OF NATURAL...

    The exhibits here about Mongolia's flora and fauna are exquisite and very comprehensive. There are many history and geography lessons to be learnt in this museum as well. I discovered quite a few things here in this museum.The most impressive display must be the complete dinosaur skeletons found in the Gobi Desert - the meat-eating Tarbosaurus, 15m...

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  • ULAAN BAATOR :NATIONAL MUSEUM OF...

    The museum contains very interesting exhibits of, what else, Mongolian History.The ground floor displays the cultural items related to Mongolia, the ger, farming implements, horse saddles, musical instruments, items related to Buddhism.The second floor is wonderful. It contains the traditional costumes and head-gears from the various minority...

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  • Visit a Ger Village

    I don't even know where to start. Best experience of my life. I was a little intimidated and reluctant to visit the village next to our "fancy" hotel but as my mother always told me just act like you own it and pretend you belong there; even though we didn't. However, the Mongolian people were so wonderful. Luck would have it that our horse guide...

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  • Horseback Riding

    The horses are tiny but are sturdy and strong. For around $4 an hour in Terelj National Park, you have a guide and a horse. There were 2 of us on this trek and I got too scared and turned around. So, my boyfriend and the guide went on the ride. I am glad I tried it but was more happy that I wasn't hindering my boyfriend having a really good ride...

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  • Visit Gedan Monastery

    Inserted in the heart of Ulaanbatar city is a busy and yet peacefull monastery where you can relac and appreciate the local activity and seeing monks chanting and creating Mandalas (Buddhist Universes) with coloured sand.

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  • Out with the old, in with the new

    A generation ago there were still camels on the streets of Ulaanbaatar. Now the streets are clogged by top-of-the-range offroad vehicles – Hummers, Landcruisers, Range Rovers – and the city centre is expanding steadily upwards as more and more highrise steel-and-glass buildings appear. The "old" Mongolia can still be found outside Ulaanbaatar, but...

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  • Gingghis Khaan

    The massive marble building on the north side of Sukhbaatar Square was completed in 2006 to mark the 800th anniversary of the recognition of Gingghis Khaan (Genghis Khan) by the Mongolian tribes as their supreme leader. He had achieved the tremendous feat of unifying the various warring tribes and forging a great Mongolian empire. As the Mongol...

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  • Lucky day

    Old Cliffie was in Ulaanbaatar on an auspicious day for weddings and he saw several newly wed couples waiting for their turn to be photographed in front of the Sukhbaatar statue in the main square. The temperature was low but the sun was shining, and so were the faces as the family and friends lined up for the photographer. After that it was off to...

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  • Yolyn Am

    Yolyn Am (Vulture's Mouth) was originally established to conserve the birdlife in the region, but it's now more famous for its dramatic and very unusual scenery - it is a valley in the middle of the Gobi Desert, with metres-thick ice almost all year-round. The valley is named after the Lammergeier, which is called Yol in Mongolian. The Lammergeier...

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  • Khongor sand dunes

    The Khongor sand dunes are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Also known as the duut mankhan (singing dunes), they are up to 800m high, 12km wide and about 100km long. The largest dunes are at the north-west corner of the range. The views of the desert from the top are wonderful and we fooled around and stayed on them...

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  • Three Beauties (Gurvansaikhan Natural...

    The Gurvansaikhan Mountains are a mountain range in Umnogobi province. They are named for three sub ranges: Baruun Saikhanii Nuruu (the Western Beauty), Dund Saikhanii Nuruu (the Middle Beauty) and Zuun Saikhanii Nuruu (the Eastern Beauty) and so are known in English as The Three Beauties. The highest peak is found in Dund Saikhanii Nuruu, and is...

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  • Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag)

    Bayanzag, 120km northwest of Dalanzadgad in the Gobi desert, earned its place in history as the first spot dinosaur remains were found in Asia by American palaeontologists lead by Roy Chapman Andrews in 1921. Skeletons of protoceratops and tarbosaurus have been found here but it was famous for being the first place on earth where dinosaur eggs were...

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  • The Gobi desert

    Umnogobi province in southern Mongolia is one of Mongolia’s largest provinces, with a population density of only 0.3 people per sq km. The few people who live here are of the Khaikh ethnic group. It's not hard to see why humans prefer to live elsewhere. With an average annual precipitation of only 130mm a year, and summer temperatures reaching an...

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  • Ongi Temple

    Formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, Ongi Temple, located in Dundgovi Aimag south of Ulaanbaatar and north of the Gobi Desert, was founded in 1760 and combined two temple complexes on the north and south sides of the Ongi River. The older southern side consisted of various administrative buildings which were linked to the northern...

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  • Erdene Zuu monastery, Karakorum

    Erdene Zuu, (meaning "Hundred Treasures"), was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The monastery was started in 1586 by Abtai Khaan, but wasn't entirely finished until about 300 years later. It had between 60 and 100 temples, about 300 gers were set up inside the walls and, at its height, up to 1000 monks were in residence.Like Karakorum, the...

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  • Hustai National Park

    The history of Hustai National Park, about 100km south-west of Ulaanbaatar, starts with the extinction of the Mongolian Wild Horse, known as the Przewalski horse or Takhi horse in Mongolian. The species were first discovered by a Russian general and explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky in the 19th century. The horses lived off the grass on the vast...

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  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

    Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, about 80km (50 miles) north-east of Ulaanbaatar in the region of Tov Aimag, is a deservedly popular destination. At 1600m, the area is cool and the alpine scenery is magnificent. Terelj was first developed for tourism in 1964 and 30 years later it became part of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. One of the most visited...

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  • Trans-Mongolian Railway

    The Trans-Mongolian Railway runs for 2215km between Ulan Ude on the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia, with the Chinese city of Jining, by way of Ulaanbaatar. The line was built between 1949 and 1961 and in most of Mongolia it is single-track and in China dual-track. The gauge is 1520mm in Russia and Mongolia and 1435mm in China meaning that as...

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  • Naadam Festival

    The biggest event of the Mongolian year for foreigners and locals alike is the Naadam Festival held in during three days in July. Part family reunion, part fair and part nomad Olympics, Naadam (meaning 'holiday' or 'festival') has its roots in the nomad assemblies and hunting extravaganzas of the Mongol armies. The communists renamed the festival...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Bogd Khaan Winter Palace...

    This two-storey wood-framed Winter Palace was constructed in 1905 according to the designs of a Russian architect working under direct orders of the Russian Czar Nicholas II, who was apparently trying to curry favour with the Bogd Khaan at this time. The Qing Emperor, nominal ruler of Mongolia, took exception to the palace being built on European...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Bogd Khaan Winter Palace

    The Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan - one of the first museums in Mongolia - was built in 1924 and was where Mongolia's 8th living Buddha, and last king, Jebtzun Damba Hutagt VIII, lived for 20 years. The palace compound was built between 1893 and 1903, and is well known for its Gate of Peace, Temple and personal library of Bogd Khaan. For reasons that...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Natural History Museum

    This is the oldest public museum in Mongolia. It was opened in 1924 under the name "National Museum" in a small house situated in the centre of the city. It then moved, on its 30th anniversary, to its present location and was then, in 1992, separated into two museums with the National Museum of Mongolian History being moved just down the road.The...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Dashchoilin Monastery

    This monastery in the northern part of the city centre was originally built at another location in 1890, but was destroyed in the late 1930s. The monastery was recently moved into three huge concrete gers that once formed part of the State Circus (the main entrance gate has a date of 1990 on it but I don't know if this is when it was moved here)....

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Choijin Lama Temple Museum

    This temple, located just to the south of Sukhbaatar Square, was built between 1904 and 1908 by the 8th Bogd Khaan, Javzandamba, and dedicated to his brother Lama Luvsanhaidav. The Museum has a fine collection of woodcarving, appliqué, embroidery and sculptures, dated as early as the 17th century. The museum contains precious examples of Buddhist...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Gandanteg Chenling...

    This is the largest monastery and temple complex in use in Mongolia which was built in 1810 and moved to its present location in 1838. Over the next century the Monastery grew to include nine dastans or institutes, a library and housed a community of around 5000 monks. Gandan became an important centre for learning and practicing Buddha's...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - National Museum of...

    The National Museum of Mongolian History was founded in 1991 and is located to the west of the Government Building in the city centre. The exhibits of the museum show the history and culture of Mongols from ages as early as the Stone Age and right up to the modern days. The 15,000 exhibits of the museum are divided into sections such as Ancient...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Parliament Building

    As you face North from the Sukhbaatar statue in Sukhbaatar Square, the large building is the State Parliament House, commonly known as Government House - which, like every ger, was built to face south. It's a modern building with an even more modern facade as this used to be the mausoleum for Sukhbaatar. In front of the Parliament House is a seated...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Sukhbaatar Monument

    Located slap bag in the middle of Sukhbaatar Square (and therefore right in the middle of the city) is this monument dedicated to Damdin Sukhbaatar (1893-1923), who was a military leader in the 1921 revolution and is best remembered as one of the most important figures in Mongolia's struggle for independence against the Chinese. The words he...

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  • Ulaanbaatar - Sukhbaatar Square

    In July 1921 in the centre of Ulaanbaatar, the 'hero of the revolution', Damdin Sukhbaatar, declared Mongolia's final independence from the Chinese. This Square, lying right in the centre of the city, now bears his name and features a statue of him astride his horse. Today, the Square is occasionally used for rallies, ceremonies and even rock...

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  • Small towns

    When we travelled around Mongolia, we passed through several small towns such as Lun, Bayangol and Bulgan. The towns are pretty bleak, serving more for practicality and function than being aesthetically pleasing on the eye. Virtually every house has a ger and the plot of land is bordered with wooden fence panels.

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  • Visiting nomadic families

    During my 12-day tour around Mongolia, we stopped off to visit a few nomadic families at their gers on a whim by just turning up on their doorstep. Mongolian's are extremely welcoming people and dropped what they were doing and came and greeted us and gave us milk tea and dried mare's milk curd known as aaruul. I suppose any visit of any kind...

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  • Volunteering in Mongolia

    There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and skills to the betterment of the people of Mongolia. There are, unfortunately, almost unlimited social problems here, including health, domestic violence, orphans, small business development.The good news is that there are many NGOs working in Mongolia. So if you want to help, there is no...

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  • THE WILD TSAGAAN NUR /SAUVAGE TSAGAAN...

    THE WILD AREA OF TSAGAAN NUR SUN About 50 km west of Kovsgol lake is a large depression called Darkhadyn Khotgor, often referred to as Tsagannuur (white lake). This nice aimag has about 300 lakes, over 200 of them in this area alone and you can discover them hiking, by jeep or riding. From Darkhadyn Khotgor you can also reach only by riding Tsaatan...

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  • IL NADAAM (11-12 LUGLIO)

    IL NAADAM la grande festa del 11-12 luglio dove tutti i Mongoli arrivano a U.B. per assistere ai 3 giochi virili da loro preferiti: la lotta, il tiro all'arco e la corsa di cavalli. Durante l'estate nella steppa si più assistere a piccoli Naadam , ma le date non sono fisse e ogni anno non avvengono nelle stesse cittadine .Non si deve perdere il...

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  • LA FETE DU NAADAM (11-12/07)

    LE NADAAM c'est une fete qui vous emmene dans un autre monde: il faut ABSOLUEMENT y assister. A lieu tous les ans du 11-12 juillet. Le 1. jour, a 10.h. au son des tambours, le defile des militaires en uniforme des siecles passes juches sur de splendides chevaux marque le debut des festivites dans le grand stade ou autour la foire bat son plein. La...

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  • NAADAM ON U.B (11/12-O7)

    NADAAM: national holiday feast where Mongolian come from each part of Mongolia each year from July 11 to 12. They came to see their 3 manly and preferred games: wresting, archery and horse racing. During summer in the countryside you can see small Naadam, but date and places change often.Don't miss the big Naadam in U.B.: the opening ceremony...

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  • Tovkhon Khiid

    Tovkhon Khiid monastery is quite remote atop a mountain at an altitude of 2312m, reached by traversing a heavily forested, rough road. Our van couldn't quite make it to the top so we walked partway, I think we only had a mile or two to walk after the van gave up. This monastery is where Zanabazar lived for 30 years, though this was on and off. It's...

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  • Looking caravans leaving mountains camps

    Incredible! Time has stopped. It's difficult to imagine what you feel when you meet nomads on horses and camels, with all their goods with them.

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  • Attending a show

    In Ulaan Baatar, you can attend very interesting shows. The Mongolian are experts in throat singing and very good contorsionists.

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  • Singing in a yurt

    If you know traditional songs of your country, you will be the star. If not, you can simply listen to the traditional mongolian songs sung by by the owners of the yurt.

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  • Riding camels in the Gobi

    Camels go where they want to go. They don't obey readily, especially if they see food not too far.Camel riding is a kind of assertive therapy.

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  • Riding horses

    The Mongolian horses are small and quiet. Even if you have never ridden a horse, it will be easy. The saddles are not very comfortable. You remember the day during the night.

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  • Manly three Game *Naadam*

    Eriin Gurvan naadam as Mongolian says, which is usually occurring 11-13th of july. This is the biggest traditional festival for Mongolians, Main three competitions held during the naadam.. horse racing, wrestling, and archery..ths i is great state holiday shows of Mongolia traditional culture and performance like folk song, dances makes the opening...

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