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Top Choice Museum in Ulaanbaatar

National Museum of Mongolia

Mongolia’s wonderful National Museum sweeps visitors from the Neolithic era right to the present day. It’s UB's only genuine blockbuster sight, offering an unparalleled overview of Mongolian culture, ranging from st…
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…
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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 …
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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…
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International Intellectual Museum

This museum contains an intriguing collection of puzzles and games made by local and international artists. One puzzle requires 56,831 movements to complete, says curator Zandraa Tumen-Ulzii. There are dozens of han…
Top Choice Monument in Ulaanbaatar

Zaisan Memorial

Built by the Russians to commemorate 'unknown soldiers and heroes' from various wars, the Zaisan Memorial features stirring socialist realism imagery with Soviet mosaics and reliefs, including that of Stalin and Len…
Top Choice Cafe in Ulaanbaatar

UBean Coffeehouse

Ulaanbaatar's best spot for coffee, the stylish American-owned UBean specialises in pour-overs using single-origin beans sourced from farms from Ethiopia to Honduras. All coffee beans are roasted on-site, and prepar…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Ulaanbaatar

Hops & Rocks Brewery

Mongolia's first genuine producer of craft beer is this bar set up by a team of locals who brew a Crazy Shaman IPA, a Two Rams pale ale and a Red Cheeks amber ale. There are also a few seasonal brews, along with bar…
Top Choice Cultural in Ulaanbaatar

Naadam

The biggest event in Ulaanbaatar is undoubtedly the Naadam (festival). Some visitors may not find the festival itself terribly exciting, but the associated activities during the Naadam week and the general festive m…
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 r…