Out and About Ulaan Baatar

So I’ve had a couple of nights back here in Ulaan Baatar. Tonight it’s a train over two nights and one day to the Russian city of Irkutsk on or near Lake Baikal. 

Ulaan Baatar is not an unattractive city. It has its Soviet influence, and right now it’s kinda brown waiting for the leaves to grow back on the trees after Winter. The weather over the last couple of days has been nice, mid to high teens (celcius) to mid-twenties, much better than the first two days when it barely made it over two. And the skies have been mostly clear.

I saw the Gandan Khiid monastery which was interesting. Sat in a prayer room of singing monks, saw large prayer wheels. Worthwhile. There was a beautiful golden Buddha inside.

Then there was the only museum open on a Sunday it seemed, the dinosaur museum. Yes, it sounded so cool, bones, replicas, a great collection. But actually, it was small and disappointing, and only took around 15 minutes of my day. 

The main square, it may or not surprise you to know, is Genghis Khan Square (although I am told that’s not the actual, it’s just become known as that), which sits in front of Government House. The place to take your kids, meet others, hold a talk. 

Then I took the local bus to the Winter Palace of Bogd Khan, mixed with Russian and Asian influences. Like all places here it seems, photohraphy cost extra. And this time a lot extra so I took photos from outside and snuck about three pics whilst inside. The temple in the grounds was beautiful, the palace itself was great, well set up and displayed.

I tried to get to see other museums but they have all been closed on the days I tried. The Choijin Temple Museum looked pretty interesting with beautiful temple rooves visible from beyond the wall that surrounded it.

It’s not a city FULL of attractions, but that’s okay. Many of them are easily reachable by foot. Every corner brings something interesting here, I’ve really enjoyed my time in Ulaan Baatar. But the train beckons me onwards…

May the Journey Never End!

4 thoughts on “Out and About Ulaan Baatar

  1. Interesting! I really had no idea what modern Ulaan Baatar would look like – it’s seems like a mixture of Central Asian, Russian and Chinese architecture – to be expected, I suppose, given the geography. Keep having a great time!

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