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Arts & Culture

Unique attractions for every traveller

As Mongolia’s cultural, political, economic and social hub, Ulaanbaatar is the logical base for excursions into the countryside. The city has excellent sights and museums, a wide variety of food choices and restaurants and an eclectic vibe.

Choijin Lama Temple
The Choijin Lama Temple is a Buddhist monastery in the capital of Mongolia. The complex consists of four temples that were originally occupied by the brother of the ruler Bogd Khan, Choijin Lama Luvsankhaidav, who was the state oracle at the time. (0.07 Km north)

Great Chinggis Khaan Square
This large, open square in the city centre is named after and features a statue of Damdin Sukhbaatar, the leader of Mongolia's 1921 revolution. It was the site where Sukhbaatar proclaimed the victory of the Revolution for Independence. (0.5 Km north)

State Opera & Ballet Theatre
Built by the Russians in 1932, the State Opera & Ballet Theatre is the salmon-coloured building at the southeast corner of Chinggis Khaan Square. On Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the year and sometimes also on weekend afternoons in the summer, the theatre holds stirring operas (in Mongolian) and ballets. (0.7 Km north)

Zanabazar Musuem of Fine Arts
The museum is renowned for the works of G.Zanabazar, which include the statues of Sita Tara, the Five Dhayani Buddhas, the Bodhi Stupa and large tangka scroll in Mongolia. (1.5 Km northwest)

National Museum of Mongolian History
Mongolia’s National Museum takes visitors from the Neolithic era right to the present day. The museum's exhibitions cover prehistory, pre-Mongol-Empire history, the Mongol Empire, Mongolia during Qing rule, ethnography, traditional life and twentieth-century history. (1.6 Km northwest)

Mongolian Natural History Museum
The museum is well known for its dinosaur exhibits, notably the nearly complete skeleton of a Tarbosaurus. (1.9 Km northwest)

Gandan Monastery
The Tibetan-style monastery was established in 1835 and is the main monastery in Ulaanbaatar. It contains one of the big standing Buddha sculptures in Asia, which reaches the height of 26 m. (2.9 Km northwest)

Bogd Khaan Winter Palace Musuem
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. (3.9 Km southwest) 

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