Around Ulan-Ude attractions

Temple in Around Ulan-Ude

Ivolginsk (Ivolga) Datsan

The confident epicentre of Russian Buddhism owes its existence to none other than Josef Stalin, who reversed the Bolshevik policy of destroying temples and allowed it to be built, in a plot of marshy land 35km from …
Temple in Around Ulan-Ude

Tamchinsky Datsan

First founded in 1741, this was Buryatiya’s first Buddhist monastery and the mother ship of Russian Buddhism for two centuries. The original complex, 160km south of Ulan-Ude, was destroyed in the 1930s and the moder…
Temple in Around Ulan-Ude

Atsagatsky Datsan

Once the centre of Buryat Buddhist scholarship with an important scriptorium, this datsan was completely destroyed in the 1930s, but has crawled back to life since the fall of communism. The tiny on-site Ayvan Darzh…
Museum in Around Ulan-Ude

Decembrist Museum

The top attraction in Novoselenginsk is its Decembrist Museum, which is housed in an unmissable 200-year-old colonnaded mini-mansion in the town’s centre. Lower floors are stocked with 19th-century furnishings, whil…