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Top Choice Museum in Ulaanbaatar

Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts

This fine-arts museum has a superb collection of paintings, carvings and sculptures, including many by the revered sculptor and artist Zanabazar. It also contains other rare religious exhibits such as scroll thangka…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Ulaanbaatar

Gandan Khiid

Around the start of the 19th century, more than 100 süm (temples) and khiid (monasteries) served a population of about 50,000 in Urga (the former name of Ulaanbaatar). Only a handful of these buildings survived the …
Top Choice Square in Ulaanbaatar

Sükhbaatar Square

In July 1921 in the centre of Ulaanbaatar, the ‘hero of the revolution’, Damdin Sükhbaatar, declared Mongolia’s final independence from China. A square later built on the spot now bears his name and features at its …
Top Choice Market in Ulaanbaatar

Naran Tuul Market

East of the centre, this is also known as the Black Market (Khar Zakh), but it’s not the sort of place where you go to change money illegally and smuggle goods – though this certainly happens.A covered area has a de…
Top Choice Cultural in Ölgii

Ölgii Eagle Festival

There are 360 eagle-hunters in Bayan-Ölgii and every year around 70 of them converge at Sayat Tube (Hunter’s Hill), 8km east of Ölgii, for the annual Eagle Festival.The traditional horse games and camel races that a…
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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 Museum in Ulaanbaatar

National Museum of Mongolia

Mongolia’s National Museum sweeps visitors from the Neolithic era right to the present day.The 1st floor has some interesting exhibits on Stone Age sites in Mongolia, as well as petroglyphs, deer stones (stone sculp…
Top Choice Museum in Ulaanbaatar

Choijin Lama Temple Museum

This temple museum smack in the middle of downtown Ulaanbaatar was the home of Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama (‘Choijin’ is an honorary title given to some monks), the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan. Construc…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Ongiin Khiid

Ongiin Khiid

The bend in the pretty river here marks the remains of two ruined monasteries: Bari Lam Khiid was built in 1810 on the north bank, the same side of the river as the tourist ger camps. Khutagt Lam Khiid was built in …
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Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan

Built between 1893 and 1903, this palace is where Mongolia’s eighth Living Buddha, and last king, Jebtzun Damba Hutagt VIII (often called the Bogd Khan), lived for 20 years. For reasons that are unclear, the palace …