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Ulaanbaatar is the capital of the country and with over one quarter of its population the largest city in Mongolia.
The town has the relaxed atmosphere of a small town. The centre is dominated by Soviet-style high rise apartment blocks, but 250.000 locals live in the extended ger ( traditional tents) suburbs.
In Ulaanbaatar is one of the ''big three'' Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of Mongolia, the Gandan monastery, but we saw also some other Buddhist temples and buildings in town.
So the city has an striking mixture of differences in architecture and culture.

We visited Mongolia and Ulaanbaatar on our trip to Tibet.
The Tibetan Buddhism was the ''red thread'' of our trip with visits to the Gandan monastery in Ulaanbaatar and the Erdene Zuu monastery in Kharkhorin in Mongolia. In China we visited the Labrang monastery in Xia He before going to our final destination, Tibet.

Ulaanbaatar is built along the Tuul River and is surrounded by mountains.
In the centre of Ulaanbaatar lays the large Sukhbaatar Square, also simply known as the Square.
We stayed in the Bayangol Hotel, a high building just south of the Square, one of the landmarks in town.

  • Last visit to Ulaanbaatar: Jul 1991
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    hi Ali,nice to see when clicked on these pics on VT main page I was brought to your travel page here! hoping to do the Trans-MOngolian next year on my way to China in August...how convenient that next years euromeet is enroute lol! Romania to Russia sounds a good plan and then up to my first time in Mongolia!...should have gone when I went to Harbin but no time then...

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Saw Photo 6, Gandan Monastery, on Front Page VT today and it's beautiful! Bravo for this page, what a trip you had!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Mongolia has become somewhat of a popular destination for adventurous travellers. Again, nice page ali.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2010 at 6:37 AM

    Your Ger interior photo is the top Photo on VT homepage ;-)))

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    A very interesting place to visit. Fascinating information about their dress and accommodations.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2009 at 4:38 AM

    Such wonderful pages to a fascinating place!

  • Jan 24, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    interesting to travel to these places.thanks for photos of off beaten country like this.

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22 AM

    Such colourful clothing the monks are wearing. It must be a privi to go to one of the services.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    While waiting for your new pages I took a detour here, and am very glad I did. Loads of fascinating info just adding to my wish to visit Mongolia one day!

  • caringWJS's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2008 at 5:54 AM



“if you are in a hurry, make a detour. ”

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