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Top Choice Museum in Bayanhot

Alashan Museum

This stunning museum, rehoused in 2011, affords a fascinating insight into Alashan and Mongolian culture. English captions are sporadic, which is a shame, but there's a wealth of objects to explore. The Dinosaur gal…
Top Choice Historic Building in Bayanhot

Qīnwáng Fǔ

This fabulous courtyard palace is the former home of the local prince, the Alashan Qin Wang. A well-restored, Qing-era complex of buildings and courtyards, the palace has photos of the last prince (1903–68) and his …
Monastery in Bayanhot

Guǎngzōng Sì

Once one of the most magnificent monasteries in Inner Mongolia, Guǎngzōng Sì has a stunning setting in the mountains 38km south of Bayanhot. At its height, some 2000 monks lived here. So important was the monastery …
Buddhist Temple in Bayanhot

Yánfú Sì

The original Mongol town of Bayanhot was centred on this 18th-century temple. Completed in 1742, it once housed 200 lamas; around 30 are resident here now. The Hall of the Three Buddhas is an authentic and dusty shr…
Church in Bayanhot

Catholic Church

This twin-spired, brick-built church is quite a sight as you head towards town from the long-distance bus station. Of relatively recent construction, it's a welcoming place with a pure white interior and paintings d…