Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Kharkhorin

Erdene Zuu Khiid

Founded in 1586 by Altai Khaan, Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It had between 60 and 100 temples, about 300 gers inside the walls and, at its peak, up to 1000 monks in r…
Top Choice Lake in Tariat

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur

The freshwater Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur is not as forested or as large as Khövsgöl Nuur, but it is closer to Ulaanbaatar, relatively undeveloped and just about perfect for camping (though there are a few flies in summe…
Top Choice Museum in Kharkhorin

Karakorum Museum

Kharkhorin's new museum is small, but highly impressive – probably the country's best museum outside Ulaanbaatar. Everything is beautifully designed and well displayed. The building is fully air-conditioned, there a…
Top Choice Museum in Tsetserleg

Museum of Arkhangai Aimag

This is one of the best aimag museums in the country, not least because it is housed in the charming courtyard-temple complex of Zayain Gegeenii Süm, which was first built in 1586 but expanded in 1679, when it house…
Buddhist Site in Kharkhorin

Temples

The monastery is enclosed in an immense walled compound. Spaced evenly along each wall, about every 15m, are 108 stupas (108 is a sacred number to Buddhists). The three temples in the compound – Baruun Zuu, Zuu of B…
Buddhist Monastery in Bogdkhan Uul

Mandshir Khiid

For the 350 monks who once called this place home, the gorgeous setting around this monastery (elevation 1645m) must have been a daily inspiration. Like most monasteries in Mongolia, Mandshir Khiid was destroyed in …
Temple in Terelj Area

Günjiin Süm

Surrounded by magnificent forests and not far from a lovely river, the Baruun Bayan Gol, this Buddhist temple (elevation 1713m) was built in 1740 by Efu Dondovdorj to commemorate the death of his Manchurian wife, Am…
Statue in Nalaikh

Chinggis Khaan Statue

One of Mongolia’s most striking landmarks is this 40m-high silver Chinggis Khaan statue located just off the main road between Nalaikh and Erdene, at a place called Tsonjin Boldog. The dramatic statue, built with pr…
Dunes in Övörkhangai

Elsen-Tasarkhai

On the road from Kharkhorin to Ulaanbaatar, one surprising sight that livens up a fairly boring stretch of road is the sand dunes of Elsen-Tasarkhai. Better known in Ulaanbaatar's tourist industry as Mongol Els, the…
Buddhist Site in Kharkhorin

Other Sights

Apart from the main temples, there are several other interesting things to see. The gravestones of Abtai Khaan (1554–88) and his grandson Tüshet Khaan Gombodorj (the father of Zanabazar) stand in front of the Dalai …