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Mongolia seems to be on a lot of people’s Asia bucket list. It’s hardly surprising when you consider the natural beauty that this mysterious land has to offer.
One city you simply must put some time aside for exploring is Ulaanbaatar. The capital city of Mongolia is unlike any other in the world when it comes to sights and landmarks. and with that in mind, here is a list of local sights to include in your Ulaanbaatar schedule.
1. The Zaisan Monument
The Zaisan Monument is a colourful wall of mural paintings that depict life and friendship between the Mongolian and Chinese people. Located on a hill in the southern part of the city, the short hike to the top is worth the effort for the panoramic view alone. The Buddha Garden is nearby, so allow a little more time to explore this wonderful area, and don’t forget to bring your camera.
You can’t miss this iconic square, as it contains a huge monument to Genghis Khan, and when booking Trans-Siberian railway holiday tours, ask the operator to recommend the best local attractions, and Sukhbaatar Square will be on that list. They are always having festivals and events at this central location, so you might be lucky and be there when they are celebrating one of their colourful festivals.
3. Nightlight Street
This is a great place to stroll in the summer evenings, and sample the amazing fairy lights that the trees are adorned with. If you are there on a weekend, there will likely be a festival or event happening, which is always fun. The street is lined with bars and restaurants and it is a favourite for tourists from all parts of the world, with so much colourful culture on show.
No one would spend time in Mongolia’s capital and not take a look at this unique monastery. Known also as ‘Gandan’, this is the perfect place to watch the morning prayer gathering of the Buddhist monks, which happens from 8-9am daily.
5. Narantuul Market
The largest open-air market in the capital, you can literally buy anything here. Everything is incredibly cheap when compared to western prices, and many local traders buy their goods at this huge market. Like any large gathering of people, watch out for pickpockets, and the market closes every Tuesday.
A special mention goes to the Bogd Khan Mountain, which is near the Zaisan Monument on the southern side of the city and is full of wide trails worthy of a hike.
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Ulaanbaartar has a lot of distinctive, cultural-specific attractions. These attractions worth more than must a quick glance or two when passing by. Ideally allow yourself roughly around a week to see the whole city Ulaanbaatar.
Booking tours with a Trans-Siberian tour operator can further enhance your holiday experience. Mainly because the tour operator knows all the best places, can give you a lot of background information on those places also help with visa applications.
What are your thoughts on Ulaanbaartar? Have you known of the city in Mongolia? Leave all your thoughts in the comments below. You can read up on my time at WTM London here
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