Unfortunately, a strict, Stalin-orientated government has destroyed many of Ulan Bator's magnificent relics of the old days. Nevertheless, many traces of the rich history are still to be found, such as the monasteries, the Bogd Khan’s winter palace, and many museums trying to preserve the old cultural artifacts. There are also a number of worthwhile destinations for day trips around the city, including the Great of Wall of China. Friends of the outdoors will enjoy the nature surrounding the city. During the cold months skiing is also an option. We have included a list of some of the best things to do in Ulan Bator:
1) Bogd Khaan Palace Museum
The Bogd Khaan Palace Museum (formerly known as the Green Palace) is a must for tourists wanting to explore the history of Mongolia. Built between 1893 - 1903, the museum served as the official residence of the Bogd Khaan where affairs of state and religion were conducted until his death in 1924. The museum consists of the Winter Palace and 7 Wisdom Glorifying Temples which are home to priceless artifacts from 17th-20th century Mongolian culture.
2) Terelji National Park
Terelji National Park, Mongolia
Offering beautiful scenic views and unparalleled landscapes, Terelji National Park is a frequently visited retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby Ulan Bator. This national park is nestled in the Baga Khentii Mountains and offers and abundance of wildlife, flowers and even a local meditation centre. Perfect for hikers, backpackers and tourists who love nature.
See our Terelji National Park day trips for more information.
3) Choijin Lama Buddhist Monastery
A Buddhist monastery complex consisting of six temples, the Choijin Lama Monastery was completed in 1908 and was the home of the state oracle. The temple remained active until 1937, until it was closed at the height of communist repression against Buddhism and other religious traditions. The monastery hides a rich heritage of Buddhist artifacts including an 18th-century gilt statue of Buddha Sakyamuni.
View our Ulan Bator city walking tours page for more information.