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MODERN CITY WITH A NOMADIC SOUL

WELCOME TO ULAANBAATAR

It is such a pleasure to introduce you to our capital, Mongolia. Four sacred mountains surround it.
It is proudly called the "White Princess of Asia" due to the white felt "Gers," the traditional Mongolian dwellings, which were the main houses in the city at the beginning of Mongolia, and it is the central hub for trips to all the destinations within the country. Ulaanbaatar is a city of contrasts where modern trends combine with the old traditional customs.
It is the city where you can see modern-style buildings and the newest cars next to gers and old temples. You can visit open-air markets for cheap clothes and browse Ulaanbaatar's modern brand shops and boutiques. You only have to drive 10-15 km from the city to see the horses or cattle. 
You can enjoy Mongolian traditional music and dance concerts while there is also a wide choice of Mongolian discos, nightclubs, and pubs with Western music. You can also observe the fashionable hip-hop/rock youngsters waiting alongside elders wearing traditional clothes called "deel." Therefore, you can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, French, and Italian cuisines at high-class restaurants in the city. On the other hand, you can choose to have main course meals at less than 3 USD at local cafes and fast food outlets. You will not lose contact with your family or friends in Ulaanbaatar; there are many internet cafes here, and the mobile roaming system works well.

TOP ATTRACTIONS

Sukhbaatar Square

City tour in ulaanbaatar mongolia - sukhbaatar main square

Sukhbaatar Square is the central square of Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar. It lies at the city's heart, surrounded by important buildings such as a government palace, banks and theaters, and a post office. In front of the Government House, a giant statue of Genghis Khan stands proudly outside the building, and equestrian statues of the Mongol Empire's army leaders and Genghis Khan's son and grandson.
In 1921, in the center of Ulaanbaatar, the 'hero of the revolution,' Damdin Sukhbaatar, declared Mongolia's absolute independence from the Chinese. The bronze statue of Sukhbaatar stands at the center of the square. An inner courtyard of the building holds a significant ceremonial Ger used for hosting visiting dignitaries.
Then, the square is named after Sukhbaatar. As well this is a place where Peaceful.

Anti-communism protests were held here in 1990, eventually ushering in the era of democracy. Today, the square is occasionally used for rallies, ceremonies, and even rock concerts and festivals. Still, it is generally a relaxed place where you can witness and see many exciting stories of the city played out here, such as teenagers riding bikes and rollerblading, guys hanging out on the thick chains hanging from the mouths of the stone lions, newly married couples posing for pictures, students celebrating a graduation, or classmates coming together for reunions after 30 or 40 years. So many memories for Mongolians and unforgettable life moments have inseparably tied this square. Therefore, the central square is popular with city residents, not just travelers. Open in Google Maps.

Zaisan Hill Memorial

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The Memorial is a massive show of Mongolian people's appreciation for the Soviet Union. Seeming to promote good relations between the two states, the Soviet Union created the monument to depict just how much they had done for the lowly eastern communist state.
Located on a hill south of the city, the monument features a circular memorial painting that depicts scenes of friendship between the peoples of the USSR and Mongolia.
Ostensibly built to commemorate Soviet soldiers in World War II, the sprawling mural also illustrates the defeat of the Japanese in 1939, which brought Mongolia into the Soviet sphere of influence. Of course, the victory over Nazi Germany, a battle that subsumed Mongolian troops into the Red Army, is also prominent. 

The army is also prominently featured.
In 2003, a tank memorial featuring a Soviet tank from a brigade paid for by the Mongolian people was moved to the foot of the hill. The tank memorial includes a map showing the brigade's route from Moscow in 1943 for participation in Berlin's fall in 1945. From the bottom of the hill, visitors can choose to climb more than five hundred steps to reach the monument and mural. Those who do the climb receive a reward for a spectacular panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar, the surrounding mountains, and the Tuul River
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Mongolian National History Museum

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The National Museum of Mongolia’s leading museum is dedicated to preserving Mongolian history and traditional life, attracting more than fifty thousand visitors annually.

As such, we serve an educational and cultural role, providing the public with opportunities to experience first-hand how Mongolians lived in historical times.

The NMM was established in 1924 and has remained dedicated to historical investigation and research as well as the collection, preservation, and exhibition of artifacts related to Mongolian culture.  

Over the years, we have presented our findings and collection in theme exhibits, reports, and public lectures.

Today, we focus on our customers more than ever while adopting a more open and specialized approach to remain in step with the changing paradigm for museums in the 21st century.

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http://en.nationalmuseum.mn/national-museum-of-mongolia

 

Gandan Tegchilen Monastery

If that doesn’t sell you on coming to Gandan Monastery, maybe the promise of throat chants and prayers by some seriously stylish monks who will zen you the fuck out, or the world’s most giant indoor statue, will.

Gandantegchinlen Monastery, or Gandan for short (you try pronouncing that full name three times fast), is one of Mongolia’s most famous Buddhist temples. And indeed, the most important to visit when you’re visiting Ulaanbaatar city.

With several temples making up the complex and plenty of space to find your inner zen, spending a morning here is an experience – not just another touristy AF thing to cross a Mongolia bucket list.

Listen, as monks hit the gongs in the towers overlooking the complex and follow people's shuffle, they might know where to find the best complex parts to spend at least a few minutes. Don’t be surprised when most of the seats inside are filled – locals come here often to have their concerns and problems prayed.

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Head to the monastery early in the morning (before a day trip to Khustai National Park, perhaps) to hear the famous chants and throat singing these guys are known for doing – it is, quite simply put, otherworldly. They broadcast the chants almost daily as a Facebook live on the Gandan Monastery Facebook page, so even when you’re not in Ulaanbaatar, you can be a part of the monastery's daily practices.

Founded in 1838, more than 150 monks live at the monastery today, and while none of today’s monks will ever be as widely celebrated as the 13th Dalai Lama, who once called the monastery home way back in 1904, the ones you’ll find there today are still pretty incredible.

While there is plenty in the Gandan Monastery complex that will catch your eye, the world’s tallest indoor statue, a stunning 26.5-meter tall gold-leaf and gemstone-covered Avalokiteśvara, built to depict the 8th Jebtsundamba, also known as Bogd Khan, who had claimed the title of Emperor of Mongolia, standing tall within the main temple certainly won’t go unnoticed.

The Soviets dismantled the statue in 1938. Still, it was brought back to life in 1996 thanks to donations from locals across the city, putting into perspective how beloved and sacred this temple is to the people of Mongolia. Be sure to give them the respect they deserve while you’re here as they make their offerings and ask for prayers; this is some incredibly sacred stuff in Mongolia and something even more sacred to witness as an outsider. Open in Google Maps.        

Choijin Lama Temple Museum

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The Choijin Lama Temple Museum is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th and 20th centuries and was erected by Mongolian architects. The temple was built between 1904 and 1908 by the 8th Bogd Khaan Janzandamba and was dedicated to his brother, lama Luvsankhaidav.

The museum has a fine collection of woodcarving, appliquй, embroidery, and sculptures dated as early as the 17th century. The museum contains precious examples of Buddhist art, including paintings by Zanabazar, a renowned religious reformer and great artisan of the 17th century, colorful masks for the Tsam Dance ceremony embroidered with corals, a bronze statue of gods in erotic poses, silk tankas and many other artifacts.  Location: Opposite “Silk Road’ restaurant, on the north side of Millie’s Espresso, Sukhbaatar district, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Open in Google Maps.
 

Time table (Winter): 25/X –15/Y: Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Time table (Summer): 16/Y - 25/X: Everyday 09:00 – 19:30
Ticket price (Adult): 8000 MNT
(Student): 3000 MNT
(Child): 1500 MNT
(Camera): 50000 MNT
(Video): 100 000 MNT

Bogd Khaan Winter Museum

One of the first museums in Mongolia, the Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan, was built in 1924. It is considered one of the few Ulaanbaatar historical attractions not destroyed by the Soviet and Mongolian communists. It is a highlight of Ulaanbaatar and worth a visit. Located in southern Ulaanbaatar on the road to Zaisan, your trip to the Winter Palace can be combined with a nearby Zaisan Memorial trip.

It is the only remaining palace out of four residences where Bogd Khaan, the last Mongolian ruler, resided. The court now displays the personal belongings of the previous king and his wife, as well as a wide variety of priceless religious and cultural artworks ranging from statues of gods, tankas, and papier-mache, many of which are produced by the first Bogd Khaan. This well-preserved museum and palace complex consists of traditional Mongolian temple-style structures and a 19th-century manor-style housing complex replete with taxidermy from the Khan's collection of animals.

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Other curios await the visitor, including a lavishly decorated ger lined with the skins of 150 snow leopards, complete with gilded ephemera illustrating the stark contrasts of how wealthy classes compared to everyday Mongolians lived during this period. Mongolia’s Declaration of Independence (from China in 1911) is among the exhibits.

If you like history and want to learn more about Mongolia, this is the place. It will be about 45-60 minutes for leisurely meandering through the rooms and the courtyard. Open in Google Maps.          

 

Ulaanbaatar City Museum

Old house and tree

Contact

Enkhtaiwanii urgun chuluu
Ulaanbaatar,
Mongolia

+976 11 45 0960

It is one of the famous museums in Ulaanbaatar.  The Ulaanbaatar City Museum offers a brief, however adroit, perspective of Ulaanbaatar's history through old maps and photographs.

The most intriguing thing is an enormous painting of the capital as it looked in 1912, where you can make out actual points of interest, for example, Gandan Khiid and the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan. A bit of the gallery is devoted to extraordinary photograph displays that change as often as possible.

The exhibition hall tells the history since 1639 when G. Zanabazar was chosen as the head of Yellow Religion in Burd soum of Uvurkhangai aimag and royal residence of shar transport Ulaanbaatar's establishment was fabricated and 1778 when it was moved to the banks of Selbe waterway from Khui Mandal. Open in Google Maps.

Hours

SundayClosed

Monday8:30am - 5:30pm

Tuesday8:30am - 5:30pm

Wednesday8:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday8:30am - 5:30pm

Friday8:30am - 5:30pm

SaturdayClosed

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