Must-see attractions in Ulan-Ude

  • Ulan-Ude, Russia - July 05, 2022: Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha in Ulan-Ude city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; Shutterstock ID 2279738025; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan


    Roosting high above the city’s far north, the inside of this new and unexpectedly modern Tibetan temple looks like a kind of Buddhist-themed bus terminal,…

  • ULAN-UDE, RUSSIA - JULY 15, 2016: The largest head monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin ever built located in Ulan-Ude. Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia.

    Lenin Head


    Ulan-Ude’s main square is entirely dominated by the world’s largest Lenin head that creates an ensemble with the grey constructivist government building…

  • View of Sobornaya street, one of oldest streets in center of capital of Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, Russia.

    Ulitsa Sobornaya


    The pedestrianised street abutting Odigitria Cathedral preserves the spirit and the wooden lace architecture of the old downtown, populated by merchants…

  • The house of the urban intelligentsia of the early late 19th early 20th century on the territory of the Ethnographic Museum of the Peoples of Transbaikalia, Ulan-Ude, Russia.

    Ethnographic Museum


    In a forest clearing 6km from central Ulan-Ude, this outdoor collection of local architecture plus some reconstructed burial mounds and the odd stone…

  • The Buryat Opera and Ballet Theater in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Republic of Buryatia.

    Opera & Ballet Theatre


    UU’s striking Stalinist-era theatre reopened after lengthy renovation in 2011 (the first performance was for a group of foreign tourists from the luxury…

  • Ulan-Ude City Museum


    Occupying the merchant’s house where imperial heir Nicholas II stayed in 1891, this small but progressive museum has exhibits examining Verkhneudinsk’s…

  • Odigitria Cathedral


    Built between 1741 and 1785, UU’s largest church was also the first stone structure to appear in the city. Used as a museum store from 1929 until the fall…

  • Khangalov Museum of Buryat History


    Housed in a badly ageing Soviet-era structure, the historical museum has rotating exhibitions dedicated to Buddhism, shamanism and traditional costumes…

  • Geological Museum


    This museum displays rocks, crystals and ores from the shores of Lake Baikal as well as art (for sale) made using multihued grit, sand and pebbles.