Attractions from Mongolia

Gobi Desert

South Gobi Museum

Surprisingly enough this museum does not have very many dinosaur findings. Only a couple of bones and eggs can be seen at the museum. However, the museum does contain some beautiful paintings, an enormous stuffed vulture, and some Buddhist relics.

The Convent Gimpil Darjaalan Khiid

This convent is situated in the Dondgov province. The convent was built in the late 1800's and was dedicated to Dalai Lama after his first visit to Mongolia. Inside the convent is the Damba Darjalan Süm temple. At present 10 monks live in the temple.

The Khonogoryn Els Dunes

Khonogoryn Els are some of the most spectacular dunes you will find in Mongolia. They are also known as "The Singing Dunes". They tower 800 metres up into the air, are 20 kilometres wide, and about 100 kilometres long. If you are bursting with energy you can crawl up to the top, and here you will be rewarded for your efforts in the form of a magnificent view.


Chinggis Khaans Wall

The ruins of Chinggis Khaan's wall stretch over 600 kilometres from Khentii Aimag to China. In reality the wall was not built by Chinggis Khaan but by the Manchu, who built it to keep the Mongolian hordes at bay.

National Museum of History

This big museum in Ulaan Baatar has three floors filled with thrilling exhibitions. The exhibition on the second floor is especially interesting. Here you can see a magnificent collection of national costumes and hats from all of the ethnic minorities in the country.

The Central Provinces Museum

The museum is in Zuunmod in the Töv province. Like most of the other museums in Mongolia it gives insight into the local geology, flora, and fauna, and has an exhibit of stuffed animals. The museum also has some interesting photos of the battles between Mongolians and the Japanese in 1939.

The Convent Erdene Zuu Khiid

Erdene Zuu means "hundreds of treasures". The convent is the first Buddhist centre in Mongolia. Its construction started in 1586, but it was first finished more than 300 years later. During Stalin's purges in 1932 most of the convent was destroyed, but after the fall of Communism it has regained much of its previous splendour.

The Convent Gandantegchinlen Khiid

Loosely translated Gandantegchinlen means "the big place for total pleasure". The convent is still one of the most important in Mongolia and is a magnificent sight. The construction of the convent started in 1838, but was not finished until many years later. Today over 150 practicing monks live at the convent.

The Convent Manzshir Khiid

You will find the convent in the Töv province in central Mongolia. When it was founded in 1733 the convent had over 20 temples and housed 300 monks. Unfortunately it was destroyed during Stalin's purges in 1932. Parts of the convent have been restored so you can easily imagine its grandness.

The Hot Springs Near Shargaljuut

Shargaluut is the largest attraction in the Bayankhongor Aimag Province in the Gobi Desert. Over 300 hot and cold springs spout out of the earth near Shargaluut. The hot springs that can reach temperatures of up to 50o are said to be able to cure diseases and ailments. The area is also interesting, because dinosaur fossils have been found there.

The Mother Rock.

The Mother Rock is situated near the village of Khöshigiin in the Töv province. The Mongolians visit this sacred rock that is said to have supernatural powers, to seek advice and guidance. The ground around the rock is also sacred; therefore it is not permitted to remove the garbage that is lying on the ground.

The Waterfall Orkhon Khürkhree

This magnificent waterfall can be found in the Övörkhangai province in central Mongolia. Volcanic deposits and earthquakes created the falls about 20.000 years ago. The waterfall is also called Ulaan Tsutgalan.

The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace in Ulaan Baatar was built from 1893 to 1903. It was at the Winter Palace that Mongolia's 8th living Buddha and King Jebtzun Damba Hutagt VIII lived for 20 years. The Palace escaped destruction after the King's death and is now a museum.

Ulaan Chuluutayn Dugang

Choijin Lamas Convent Museum

The museum is also known as the Museum of Religion. Choijin Lama is an honorary title that is given to monks. The convent was home to Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama, who was brother of Jebtzun Damba Hutagt VIII, who erected the Winter Palace. There are five temples on the convent's grounds.

Nairamdal Park

Nairamdal means "friendship". The park that now at days is in pretty poor condition is a nice place to visit in the morning when the rest of the city is not yet awake. During the weekends there are a lot of children in the park, that among other things also has a playground with miniature cars. There is a lake in the park where you can rent boats in the summer and go ice-skating in the winter.

Zanabazar Art Museum

This museum has a very fine collection of paintings, sculptures, and carvings, whereof many were created by the Buddhist artist Zanabazar. The museum also contains an exhibition that describes Zanabazar's life and the background for his art.

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