5 Local Attractions You Must See In Ulaanbaatar

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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.

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2.Sukhbaatar Square

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.

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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.

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4.Gandantegchinlen Monastery

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.

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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.

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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

I’ll be back with more content right through the end of the year. Catch ya later guys 👊🏾

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!



  1. November 18, 2019 / 8:56 am

    I haven’t been (yet) but it is on my list of places to visit since I was about 10 and I saw a bike tour across the country in TV – it looked absolutely epic! Such a beautiful city and interesting (and almost empty) country!

    • Johnny
      November 18, 2019 / 4:36 pm

      Hmmm that’s quite interesting, its great you share a fondness for the place. Empty – I’m inclined to agree with you on that as Mongolia is not an Asian destination thats as revered as the obvious ones!

      • November 18, 2019 / 7:27 pm

        True, plus don’t they have a general population of about 10 people 😍

  2. November 18, 2019 / 9:35 am

    You really do have a way of selling a place, I’d never even heard of it before.

    The pictures are fantastic but I’m sure they barely scratch the surface!

    Keep up the amazing work, you’re just adding to the huge list of places I MUST visit!

    • Johnny
      November 18, 2019 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you Claire! It’s good that I have a platform to educate others on more obscure destination. Almost everywhere in the world has a gem or two that needs to be known more about 🙂

  3. November 18, 2019 / 12:13 pm

    If there is a place I want to visit from this list, it would be the NIGHTLIGHT STREET because its an amazing view and would definitely make a pretty good memory.

    • Johnny
      November 18, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      I agree!

  4. November 19, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    Ooh wow! I love reading about countries that are not so popular and Mongolia is certainly one of them. I would really love to visit one day. Looks fascinating.

    • Johnny
      November 19, 2019 / 3:02 pm

      Definitely! It’s the idea of finding out something that you already do not know 😊

  5. Johnny
    November 19, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    Definitely! Its the idea of finding out something that you already do not know 🙂

  6. November 19, 2019 / 4:06 pm

    Wow I have never heard of this spot before, but it looks fascinating! The nightlight street seems like a great place to see the local culture and experience the true feel of the area. This was quite an interesting place to learn about!

  7. November 20, 2019 / 10:31 pm

    Great post! A good friend’s brother is currently living around Ulaanbaatar. It seems like such an interesting and culturally rich city. Mongolia looks drop dead gorgeous in general. Thanks for sharing!

    • Johnny
      November 25, 2019 / 8:21 am

      Thank you! Definitely got some gorgeous gems, especially the Sukhbaatar Square and Zaisan Monument. Ooo that’s pretty cool, do you know how he is finding it out there?

  8. November 21, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    I knew Mongolia is beautiful but I never thought Ulaanbaatar is so interesting. We pinned it to map and will include it in our future travels. You have a very well documented article and we like that you chose some representative photos!

    • Johnny
      November 25, 2019 / 8:14 am

      Me neither! Thank you for your thoughtful comment, really appreciate it 😊

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