Ulaanbaatar 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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    National Museum of Mongolia

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Aug 29, 2015

    This is probably the museum número uno in Ulaanbaatar. Exhibitions cover prehistory, pre-Mongol Empire history, Mongol Empire, Mongolia during Qing rule, ethnography and traditional life, and twentieth-century history. The ethnographic collection has significant displays of the traditional dress of various Mongolian ethnic groups and of snuff bottles. Most exhibits have labels in both Mongolian and English. The museum publishes one or more issues of its in-house journal each year, with articles in Mongolian and foreign languages, including Russian and English.

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    Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue

    by jorgejuansanchez Updated Aug 24, 2015

    This is a huge statue !!!
    I went there hitchhiking and a chinese picked me up!
    I spent a few hours visiting it. There is a lift to the top, a cafeteria, souvenirs, and a wonderful museum sheltering crosses that belonged to the Nestorians.
    I also went back to Ulaanbaatar hitchhiking. Very easy to hitchhike in Mongolia. Sometimes they ask you money for the ride.
    It was a wonderful excursion that I recomnend evrybody.

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    Gandantegchinlen Monastery

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Aug 23, 2015

    Gandantegchinlen Monastery is the visit numero uno in Ulaanbaatar. It is in downtown and entry fee is cheap.
    Inside you will admire an active Buddhist monastery (about 150 monks live there presently) that was recently restored. It was built at the beginning of the XIX century.
    Inside the main feature is the huge Buddha statue representing Avalokiteśvara.

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    Choijin Lama temple complex

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Aug 23, 2015

    Choijin Lama temple complex, built ast the beginning of the XX century, is a must during your stay in Ulaanbaatar.
    It was located near my hostel, so I walked there. Entrance fee was not expensive.
    It contains old Buddha statues.

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    Black Market

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    This is a good place to visit, especially if you are looking for local itmes to buy. Here you can find everything and is possible to bargain.
    When I travel I don't like shopping, but used to bring something traditional of the country. Here, I bought Mongolian vodka and cashmere sochs.
    In this markets I have found a great traditional guanz, where I had a lunch.

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    The Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 13, 2014

    This museum, renowned for the works of G. Zanabazar (1635-1724), which include the statues of Sita Tara, the Five Dhayani Buddhas and the Bodhi Stupa, was founded in 1966. It has 12 exhibition galleries covering the arts from ancient civilizations up to the beginning of the 20th Century. The exhibition hall regularly hosts the works of contemporary artists.

    Timetable
    08:00/10:00 - 17:00

    Ticket
    5000 TG

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    Suhbaatar Square

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 12, 2014

    Сүхбаатарын талбай is the central square of Ulaanbaatar. Its name came from Damdin Suhbaatar, the leader of the Mongolian revolution in 1921. An equestrian statue of this leader stands on this square directly in front of the Government Palace.
    The Government Palace, located on the north side of the square, was built in 1951. It is fronted, nowadays, by a large colonnade monument to Genghis Khan, Ögedei Khan, and Kublai Khan.
    On the western side of the square is the headquarters of the Ulaanbaatar Bank, Ulaanbaatar City Administration building, the headquarters of Golomt Bank, the Mongolian Stock Exchange building, the Mongolian Telecommunications Building, and the Central Post Office.
    On the eastern side of the square is the Central Cultural Palace Building and State Ballet and Opera House, and the Central Towers, a glass and metal skyscraper.
    To the south sits the old Lenin Club building.
    On Octobre 29h, 2014, especially in this square took place many events to commemorate the 375 years of the foundation of Ulaanbaatar. It was my last day in this country.

    Government Palce / Colonnade monument Opera Damdin Suhbaatar Ulaanbaatar comemorates 375 years

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    Walking Tour - Lonely Planet

    by Avieira67 Updated Nov 10, 2014

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    As described by Lonely Planet, this walking tour starts and finishes in Suhbaatar Square [1] and is 5km long. Unfortunately I had no time enough to make it as I wished to. I didn't visit any museum and I just saw part of the Gandan Monastery as it was too late.
    Making this tour, we pass the National Museum of Mongolian History [2], the General Intelligence Agency (Mongolian KGB) [3], Taliin Mongol (a great Mongolian restaurant) [4], Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts [5], the Federation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition [6], Urt Tsagaan (pedestrian mall) [7]. Then, passing Bakula Rinpoche & Gesar Temples [8,9], we reach the Gandan Monastery [10,11]. On the way to this monastery, there are some traditional guanz. Then, walking down Öndör Gegeen Zanabazaryn Gudamj, we pass the Centre of Shaman Eternal Heavenly Sophistication [12], before reaching the Peace Avenue and arriving at the starting point.

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    Attend a Dance and Music Performance

    by Over60 Updated Aug 22, 2014

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    When the owner of my guest house initially suggested attending a performance of the Tumen Ekh Ensemble I was pretty skeptical, imagining a kitschy and probably low quality performance for the tourists, but I was pleasantly surprised and glad I went. The troupe performed a variety of types of traditional Mongolian songs, dances, and musical numbers. I'm not qualified to judge their authenticity, but I can say that the level of the performances was uniformly high and that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Most of the audience was indeed tourists, but I was glad to see that there were also a good many Mongolians. The price was quite reasonable for a performance of over an hour. More information is available on their Internet site: http://tumenekh.wordpress.com/about/contact/

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    Collect Funny Signs

    by Over60 Updated Aug 19, 2014

    There is a lot of English signage in Mongolia, but the designers of the signs do not always have a good handle on the cultures from which they borrowed the signs. This can lead to some entertaining results for native of the countries involved. See the pictures for examples. Most of these are along Peace Ave.

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    Sukhbaatar Square

    by JessieLang Updated Oct 14, 2012

    Sukhbaatar Square has a number of monuments--Dimdin Sukhbaatar, a leader for independence for whom the square was named, along with Chingghis Khan and some of his generals. The parliament is on one side of the square, as is the opera house.

    The square was festive and fun—some people were singing, and kids in pedal cars were racing around while their parents tried to keep them from running over anyone.

    Parliament
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    Naadam Festival , July 11-13

    by JessieLang Updated Oct 14, 2012

    Naadam is Mongolia’s “4th of July” and it is a huge 3-day event in Ulaanbaatar. If you are here in mid-July, it is a "must-see." The opening ceremony was very colorful and full of happy people, and I really enjoyed it. It lasts several hours. (My travelogue has more photos.)

    The games begin after the opening ceremony. The 3 “men’s games” are archery, wrestling and horseracing. (Women can now compete in archery and racing, but not wrestling.) We had tickets to a horse race in addition to the opening ceremonies. The race itself wasn’t all that exciting—we spent part of the afternoon just waiting for anyone to finish—but everything going on around it was interesting. These races don’t take place on a track—the horses run cross-country for 10 miles or more, and the riders are children (ages 5-13.) There may be hundreds of horses in a race.

    Ticket to opening ceremonies-$25 U.S. (worth it!) To horse race - $10

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    Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

    by JessieLang Written Oct 14, 2012

    Terelj National Park is about 50 miles NE of Ulaanbaatar. The park is very scenic, with a river winding through it, and lots of rock formations. People who stay overnight can rent gers to stay in. We saw yaks there. Available activities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, etc.

    Just before we reached the park, we passed a sign for the Chinggis Khan Country Club and golf course! (So I guess you could golf too.)

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    Gandan Monastery

    by JessieLang Written Oct 14, 2012

    The monastery was founded in 1838. It was damaged in Stalin’s time, but the main temple wasn’t destroyed. The huge Buddha statue in the main temple is only about 15 years old, because the previous one was taken to Russia and melted down for war materials. The new one is copper and bronze, and almost reaches the high ceiling. There are prayer wheels near the door, and the other 3 walls are filled with shelves of little Buddhas.

    It is a large complex, with multiple temples, housing, shrines, etc.
    Photos inside temples are frowned on.

    Tickets-2500T ($2)

    Main temple Prayer wheels Another temple Monument
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  • Naadam festival

    by suuri Written Apr 10, 2012

    first of all, i would like to mention that Mongolia is a wonderful place to journey. During the summer time, there are lots of Naadam or three men's competition organized in every Mongolian's administrative units. So if you want to engage in one of them, you can visit Mongolia from middle of June until end of July. I can organize a wonderful travel. You all contact me the following mail address Suuri0617@yahoo.com. I can provide you all any kind of information about Mongolia. Good luck to your incredible choice.

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