Khurel Togoot Observatory


Located atop of Bondkhan Uul (1620m) is this Soviet-era observatory that offers fantastic views over the city. While those into astrology are welcome to drop by on weekends, it's most notable as a landmark for mountain-bikers and hikers, from where a network of trails lead down.

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1. Tsetseegün Uul

3.99 MILES

A popular hike in Bogdkhan Uul is up to its summit at Tsetseegün Uul (2256m), which can be done as a day trek (six hours return) or a more leisurely…

2. Mandshir Khiid

5.97 MILES

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…

3. Bogdkhan Uul Strictly Protected Area

6.67 MILES

The Bogdkhan Uul is said to be the world’s oldest nature reserve. Established in 1778, the park was guarded by 2000 club-wielding lamas. Animal poachers…

4. National Garden Park

8.78 MILES

In the southern part of Ulaanbaatar is the sprawling National Garden Park, a popular place for locals to unwind and get some fresh air after work and on…

5. Zaisan Memorial


Built by the Russians to commemorate 'unknown soldiers and heroes' from various wars, the Zaisan Memorial features stirring socialist realism imagery with…

6. Buddha Park

9.21 MILES

Buddha Park is harder to appreciate these days since the construction of a high-rise, commercial development that encompasses the 23m-high Sakyamuni…

7. Mahatma Gandhi Statue

9.55 MILES

Unveiled in 2006 this statue of Mohandas Gandhi is appropriately located on the street named after him. Inscribed on the plinth are his seven deadly sins.

8. International Intellectual Museum

9.61 MILES

This museum contains an intriguing collection of puzzles and games made by local and international artists. One puzzle requires 56,831 movements to…