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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  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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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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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Horse Riding

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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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    VISIT THE VAST GENGHIS KAHAN SQUARE

    by DennyP Written Oct 16, 2011

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    ULAN BAATAR
    Located in the city centre and easy to find is this vast Square known locally as The Subaatar Square.
    Sitting and looking over all that walk here is the foreboding and huge figure of Genghis Khan and on either side of him are two mounted warriors for his safe keeping.What an imposing figure that he must have been at the peek of his historical life..This is a huge area and was I am told used by the Soviets a lot for military parades.

    A VIEW OF THE GENGHIS KAHAN SQUARE ANOTHER VIEW SHOWING ITS HUGE AREA THE MONUMENT TO THE PEOPLE IN THE SQUARE BEING WATCHED OVER BY GENGHIS KHAN AND HIS MINDERS ANOTHER VIEW SHOWING SIZE OF THE SUBAATAR SQUARE
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    VISIT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF MONGOLIA

    by DennyP Updated Oct 16, 2011

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    ULANBATAAR
    Located very near to where I was staying I decided that I would visit the The Mongolian Museum of Natural History. I definately wantedto improve my knowledge of the Mongolians people and their culture...I must confess that apart from reading up on the capital and my accomodation I had little idea of the History of this country at all.I arrived just after an extremely cold winter and the country suffered badly with very heavy stock losses that created local food shortages that were very noticeable. I wanted to learn much more about this interesting country.
    There is a large display of old Mongolian life over the years with a large display of horsemans items including various saddles and riding items, various weapons and even a full sized "yurt" which is set out inside for everyday living.There are many items and historical artifacts on display here from precious stones to the Yurt..

    MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY  ULANBAATAR ONE OF MANY HORSE RIDING SADDLES ON DISPLAY A FULL SIZED FAMILY YURT COMPLETELY FITTED OUT OLD MONGOLIAN HORSEMANS SADDLES AND BRIDLES THE INSIDE OF A MONGOLIAN FAMILY YURT
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    VISIT THE GRAND KHAAN IRISH PUB

    by DennyP Updated Sep 21, 2011

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    I was quite surprised when I came across this big Irish pub while out walking around the city...I decided that I would have a look inside as this is the last sort of pub I expected here..so after a peep at the Menu I decided to have something to eat and also have a local beer..well the food was good and so was the beer...as usuall everyone outside were busy with the ongoing job of cleaning sand and dust from everywhere and also the windows were being cleaned..The staff were friendly and spoke english.The interior reminded me of not so much a pub but a Hard Rock Cafe with so much in the way of Musical Instruments and various other music memorablia...This Pub is worth a look when your in Ulanbataar.and the beer was cold also..

    THE GRAND KHAAN   IRISH PUB IN ULANBATAAR
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    VISIT THE GANDANTEGCHENLING MONASTERY

    by DennyP Written Sep 21, 2011

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    The Centre of Mongolian Buddhists is the "Gandantegchenling Monastery" located not far from the centre of the city. Originally located in the very centre of Ulanbataar the monastery was moved to its present location in1838 This Monastery would be the most popular of places to visit when in Ulaanbatar.I walked here from the city centre and although a long walk not overwhelming as the hills to the Monastery are not very steep..While walking it is easy to see the huge variation in buildings and architecture that make up Ulaanbatar.The dryness and the dust and sand from the winds that blow into Ulanbataar from over the Gobi Desert permeate everything.
    Upon entry into the compplex you will find many buildings with various significance The main building the Migjed Janraisig built in 1911 is quite large and the interior holds A huge buddist statue that stands nearly 27 meters tall is made from copper and is plated with gold..The original statue was destroyed in 1938 by the communists along with around 900 monasteries buildings and temples while they supressed the religionand jailed or killed the monks.

    MIGJED JANRAISIG WITHIN  THE  MONASTERY ULANBATAAR THE HUGE GOLDEN BUDDHA INSIDE THE MONASTARY THE PRAYER WHEELS THAT ARE CONSTANTLY BEING USED SOME OF THE MANY MONKS WITHIN THE MONASTARY SO MUCH TO SEE WITHIN THE MONASTARY COMPLEX
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