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How to Spend 1 Day in Ulaanbaatar

How to Spend 1 Day in Ulaanbaatar

One day in Ulaanbaatar is enough time to experience several of the top attractions in the city. From monasteries to museums to markets, here’s how to make the most of just one day in the capital city of Mongolia.

Morning: Museums and Temples

Start by watching monks chant at Gandantegchenling Monastery, the city’s main Buddhist center. Explore the vast complex, home to multiple temples and one of the most famous Buddhist statues in the country. If you have a particular interest in Buddhism, stop by Dashchoilin Monastery too. Otherwise, head to the National Museum of Mongolia, home to a fine collection of Mongolian artifacts. Alternatively, visit the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art or the Choijin Lama Temple Museum. Wrap up the morning exploring the palaces, temples, and museums at the Bogd Khan Palace Museum, the winter palace of the last king of Mongolia.

Afternoon: City Views and Shopping

Enjoy views of the city from Zaisan Memorial, atop a hill. Afterward, head to Sukhbaatar Square, surrounded by important government buildings. It also features a massive, bronze monument of Chinggis (better known as Genghis) Khaan, along with other Mongolian heroes. Next, go shopping for cashmere and felt products at the State Department Store Shop or the specialty shops along Chinggis Avenue. For a more local experience, opt for the Naran Tuul Market, known as the Black Market, selling everything from horse saddles to traditional Mongolian clothing. To see a different side of Ulaanbaatar, opt for a tour of the ger residential districts.

Night: Experience the Culture

Wrap up your full day of sightseeing with a cultural performance. Choose from a number of shows, which typically feature traditional folk song and dance, khoomei throat singing, contortion, and acrobatics. For dinner, sample Mongolian dishes, such as dumplings ( buuz ); deep fried mutton ( khuushuur ), and traditional roast ( boodo g), and wash it all down with some fermented milk of mare ( airag ) or vodka. Those with more energy can dive into Ulaanbaatar’s energetic nightlife scene.

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Private Jeep City tour with English Speaking Driver

Private Jeep City tour with English Speaking Driver

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Tour through Ulaanbaatar city by a private jeep with English speaking driver. This tour is flexible and customizable for you to use the best of your time in Ulaanbaatar city. I can take you not only the major tourist attractions but also places you like to visit.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Private City Tour - Ulaanbaatar

Private City Tour - Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar can feel overwhelming for first time visitors. Skip the hassle of travel planning and maximize your time on this full-day guided tour of the Mongolian capital's main sights, including Chinggis Square, Gandan Monastery, and the National Museum of Mongolia. With hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch included you can just relax as you explore.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
Price varies by group size
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$139.00
Price varies by group size

Private Tour: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

Private Tour: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

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With just one day to explore Ulaanbaatar, this private tour ensures you maximize your time and take in all the highlights. Visit sights including Gandan Buddhist Monastery, the Museum of Mongolian National History, and Sukhbaatar square; pose for photos by the famous ULAANBAATAR letters; and admire the views from Zaisan Memorial Hill. Your private tour can be customized, so you can shop for souvenirs or spend more time at the sights that interest you most.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.00
Price varies by group size
From
$105.00
Price varies by group size