Ulaanbaatar capital city of Mongolia day tour

Short description

Ulaanbaatar, formerly anglicised as literally Red Hero, is the capital and largest city of Mongolia. The city is not part of any aimag (province), and its population as of 2014 was over 1.3 million, almost half of the country’s population. The municipality is in north central Mongolia at an elevation of about 1,300 meters (4,300 ft) in a valley on the Tuul River. It is the country’s cultural, industrial and financial heart, the centre of Mongolia’s road network and connected by rail to both the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia and the Chinese railway system.

Tour itinerary
  • Gandan monastery
    Gandan Monastery is the Center of Mongolian Buddhism, and main attraction Migjid Janraisig Temple is an important part of Gandan Monastery. The temple houses the majestic new gilded statue of Migjid Janraisig, decorated with jewels. This 25 meter high 20 ton statue is a copy of another statue that was destroyed in the 1930's by communists. The statue was built with donations of Mongolian people as symbol of Buddhist revival in the mid 1990's.
  • National History Museum
    Exhibits of the museum show the history and culture of Mongols from ages as early as the Stone Age and up to the modern days. The 1st floor has some interesting exhibits on petroglyphs, deer stones (stone sculptures of reindeer and other animals) and burial sites from the Xiongnu and Uyghur eras. The 2nd floor houses an outstanding collection of costumes, hats and jewelery, representing most of Mongolia's ethnic groups. The 3rd floor is a must-see for fans of the Mongol horde. The collection includes real examples of 12th century Mongol Armour, and correspondence between Pope Innocent IV and Guyuk Khaan. Written in Latin and Persian and dated November 13, 1246, it bears the khaan's seal. There is also a display of traditional Mongolian culture with, among other things, a furnished Ger, traditional farming and domestic implements, saddles and musical instruments.
  • Sukhbaatar square
    The square features a bronze statue of Sukhbaatar (1921-Revolutionary hero of Mongolia) astride his horse. In 2013 the city authorities changed the name from Sukhbaatar Square to Chinggis Khaan Square, although many citizens still refer to it by the old name.
  • Lunch
    BD’s Mongolian barbeque is the one of the best dining experiences you need to visit when you are in Ulaanbaatar
  • Narantuul black market
    Unique place and must-see spot for those wanting to pick up traditional Mongolian clothing, carpets, horse-riding gear and souvenirs. Anything can be found, a true immersion in the Mongolian culture for the ones desiring to discover another side of Mongolia.
  • Bogd Khaan Palace Museum
    The Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan – one of the first museums in Mongolia – was built in 1924. It used to be a winter residence of the last Bogd Khaan of Mongolia, Javzandamba. The Bogd Khaan Palace Museum comprises of two parts, which are the summer palace with seven temples and pagodas and the winter palace, a two story, white construction built in a European architectural style.
  • Zaisan Hill
    The Zaisan memorial lies in the foothills to the south of Ulaanbaatar. It was built by the Russians as a monument to Soviet soldiers fallen in World War Two. A tiled mural lies within a huge concrete ring, which is raised about 5 metres above the ground. Zaisan is a popular tourist attraction and one of the highlights of Ulan Bator due to the fantastic views over the city.

Essentials

Tour route
  • Gandan > History museum
    Distance: 2 km
    Time: 30 minute
  • History museum > Sukhbaatar square
    Distance: n/a
    Time: n/a
  • Sukhbaatar square > Narantuul
    Distance: 4 km
    Time: 30 minute
  • Narantuul > Bogd Khan palace
    Distance: 5 km
    Time: 30 minute
  • Bogd Khan palace > Zaisan
    Distance: 30 km
    Time: 30 minute
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