10 Things to Do in Ulaanbaatar That You Shouldn't Miss

October 19, 2017 Hector Krause

Located in the northern part of the country, high above sea level, Ulan Bator is the coldest capital city in the world. The cultural and business center of Mongolia, and a hub connecting the Trans-Siberian Railway with the Chinese rail system, Ulan Bator has become a thriving urban center in one of the most remote locations in the world. Visit the Tibetan-style Gandan Monastery, one of the few buildings in Ulan Bator to predate WWII and one of the few monasteries to survive the Soviet purge.
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1. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Rara Avis Travel, J Sambuugiin street, Chingeltei, 5th khoroo, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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4.5 based on 853 reviews

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Reviewed By cazCornwall - Cornwall

We booked a day trip from The State Department shop. Really good service and price. Picked up next morning by our guide and taken to Turtle Rock and a Buddhist temple, all excellent. Then onto lunch with a family of Nomads and horse riding with them and our guide. Brilliant, loved it. Also visited Genghis Khan Statue. Amazing. Had my name written in Mongolian on a card by an amazing scribe who also put my thumb print on it. Only cost about £10 but is unique and will treasure it forever.

2. National History Museum

Juulchin Street-1, Ulaanbaatar 210146, Mongolia +976 7011 0911
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4.5 based on 576 reviews

National History Museum

Reviewed By Peter L

I went there to get to know more about Mongolia. I didn't know a lot about that country. The exhibition is chronological with interesting artifacts. Especially the section about all the different traditional Mongolian clothes is beautiful. Definite recommendation to go there.

3. Migjid Janraisig Sum

1,5 KM north west of the Sukhbaatar Square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia +976 9904 9965
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Migjid Janraisig Sum

Reviewed By meetisv - New Delhi, India

This is a nice photo opp, an amazing sight and a good way to start the day. Go there at the beginning of your day tour, start it with a prayer. you can also join in the chanting by the monks in the adjacent monastery

4. Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia +976 9904 9965
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art

Reviewed By Indiana_Jonesse - San Francisco, California

The museum was founded in 1966 and was named after G Zanabazar because of his work for the arts.
Admission is 8000 MNT just like the National museum. They both hold the same popularity in terms of ranking as the most visited attraction in Ulaanbaatar.
Exhibits include collections of various arts from Mongolian artists
It is located at Tourist street and I stopped here after my lunch at Luna (the vegan place across the street.). There is much exhibit to see that family including children can enjoy. Collections that include Mongolian crafts, valuable pieces about 13,000 objects, all contained in their exhibition galleries. There are Buddhists arts, Mongolian painting that represents Mongolian people.
It is very nice, educational, interesting and cultural.

5. Genghis Khan Statue Complex

Tsonjin Boldog, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Genghis Khan Statue Complex

Chinggis Khaan Statute complex is situated 54 km from Ulaanbaatar City, with the view of beautiful natural scenery on the bank of the Tuul River, a historical place where Chinggis khan’s golden whip was found. Today, for a memory of the man of the millennium, a 40 meters high stainless steel statue of Chinggis Khaan on a horseback is the largest among the statues in the world. Inside the statue we operate a restaurant, souvenir shop, two museums and conference hall. Visitors can go up the statue using the elevator or the stairs to the head of the horse where they can have a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape.

Reviewed By zbigmak - London, United Kingdom

The statue itself is a wonderful work of art. But once you have seen it, well it is a statue after all and that’s it. It is in the middle of the city, it’s big and it’s magnificent. An engineering piece of art.
But if you have an hour spare go and simply watch the locals. Many couples after their wedding go with their families to the square in front of the statue to have their wedding photos taken. Watch from a distance and you will see how proud these people are in their national dresses. It’s really a magnificent sight to see. Look carefully, especially at the older generation, and one can see the men’s beautifully polished boots which have served them for multiple years. The women dress varies according to their age and region from which they come from. Nevertheless the older ladies can look magnificent in their brightly colored robes made from splendid colored material.

6. Hustai National Park

Ulaanbaatar 13, Mongolia +976 11 31 8000
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4.5 based on 375 reviews

Hustai National Park

Reviewed By Shaz1000 - Darwin, Australia

We booked a one day private tour to look at the horses, other wildlife, the graves and stones and the petrogliphs. Magnificent, went to the horse museum and saw the horses in the wild, saw a wild wolf (extremely lucky) deer and a number of other animals. The beauty of the park is in the clear landscapes, the rivers, rolling hills and plains. Well worth a day trip.

7. Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia

Bogd Javzandamba Street | 15 Khan-Uul District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia +976 11 34 2195
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4 based on 221 reviews

Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia

Reviewed By Kathy0619 - Clifton Park, New York

This indoor/outdoor complex has a lot of really precious artifacts from the fairly recent Bogd Khan era. Although there were no English explanations, the icons, art work and artifacts are fascinating. Np photos allowed inside.

8. Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Genden street | Sukhbaatar District, First Khoroo, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia +976 11 32 8547
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4 based on 306 reviews

Choijin Lama Temple Museum

Reviewed By mikeberlin555 - Jerusalem, Israel

This is a not-to-be-missed site if you are in Ulaan-Battar. The temples are magnificently decorated and the statues and other artwork are true works of art.
My only complaint is that they asked for over $20 dollars if you want to photograph in the temples (entrance fee is less than $4)

9. Gandantegchenling Monastery

1,5 KM north west of the central square, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia +976 7013 3159
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4 based on 492 reviews

Gandantegchenling Monastery

Reviewed By JCG806 - Dundee, United Kingdom

Not impressed. Pretty run down. 4000R to get in the main building, free to walk around the grounds. I heard there's an extra charge to take photos but I don't know how much. There's a new state of the art building being built next to it and near completion.

10. Genghis Khan Square

Peace Ave, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia +976 9904 9965
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4 based on 742 reviews

Genghis Khan Square

Reviewed By Kevin V

In the middle of the square you see Genghis Khan with skyscrapers behind him and the famous Mongolian Mountains in the back.

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