Top things to do

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Selenge

Amarbayasgalant Khiid

Amarbayasgalant Khiid was built between 1727 and 1737 by the Manchu emperor Yongzheng, and dedicated to the great Mongolian Buddhist and sculptor Zanabazar, whose mummified body was moved here in 1779. The design re…
Top Choice Korean in Darkhan

Bulgogi Family

Bright, friendly, genuine Korean restaurant featuring bulgogi (grilled meat), spicy soups, tasty bibimbap (rice topped with meat, vegetables and an egg, choice of hot or cold) and noodle dishes. Mains are accompanie…
Sports & Outdoors in Dulaankhaan

Khuvchit Num

This is one of the last traditional bow and arrow workshops in Mongolia. In a large, dusty room, exquisite bows and arrows are made from ibex and reindeer horn, bamboo and even fish guts. Only around 100 sets are cr…
Museum in Darkhan

Museum of Darkhan-Uul

This appealing little museum contains a well-laid-out collection of archaeological finds, traditional clothing, religious artefacts and taxidermied examples of aimag wildlife. You may spot a jade chess set and a win…
Religious Site in Sükhbaatar

Eej Mod

Locals frequently come to this sacred tree (10km south of Sükhbaatar) to pray to the spirits that inhabit it; a rite that predates Buddhism. According to shamanic beliefs, the spirits have the power to grant wishes,…
Museum in Altanbulag

Selenge Aimag Museum

The surprisingly entertaining aimag museum features exhibits dating back to Mongolia’s independence movement of 1921. Standout relics include heroic Soviet-style mosaics of puppet dictator Sükhbaatar, a life-sized g…
Religious in Amarbayasgalant Khiid

Gongoriin Bombani Hural

The most interesting time to visit Amarbayasgalant Khiid is when the Gongoriin Bombani Hural is held. As part of the rituals, locals hike up to the eight white stupas in the hills around the monastery. Festivalgoers…
Mongolian in Sükhbaatar

Modern Nomads

This branch of the popular Modern Nomads chain restaurant is a breath of fresh air in a town where, frankly, good eateries are thin on the ground. If you can get the nervous staff to serve you, you can choose from m…
Cafe in Sükhbaatar

Amora Coffee

This cute cafe, located on the southwestern side of the town square, is popular with the young, hip Mongolian kids of Sükhbaatar; it feels like a 1950s soda fountain, if said soda fountain served ice coffee drinks a…
American in Darkhan

Texas Pub

Though Texans are about as common in Darkhan as Mongolians who can't ride a horse, the menu at this dark-wood, modern bar features plenty of burgers, fries, steaks and sandwiches – yeehaw. Wednesday is cocktail nigh…