Ulan Bator: what to see in the capital of Mongolia, museums

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What to see in Ulan Bator, the main attractions and places to visit, tour to discover “the red Hero”

Travel Guide Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator is the capital of Mongolia, it’s located on the south-west of the Mountains Hentej along the Tuul River, at an altitude of 1150 meters above sea level, surrounded by a beautiful valley. The place where today stands Ulan Bator coincided with a large encampment of nomads who lived in the typical tents used as dwellings, Yurts, Mongolia calls Gher, was later built the city in Soviet-style fifties, large buildings and roads immense.

Ulan Bator means red hero, this name has been given in 1924, in honor of Damdiny Sükhbaatar, hero of the revolution that made ​​the independent Mongolia from China to pass under Soviet influence, of which the city retains the imprint.

What to see in Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator has maintained unchanged the same atmosphere of the years of the foundation, wrapped in the wind of the wilderness and surrounded by infinite spaces where nature rules. Under Soviet rule almost all the monasteries and temples were demolished, was spared the Gandantegchinlen Khiid, which means the monastery of perfect happiness.

It’s the largest monastery and attended every day of Mongolia populated by many monks and faithful, a very charming town that keeps inside beautiful temples decorated in gold and precious stones.

He survived the destruction, even the Winter Palace of Bogd Khaan, built between 1893 and 1903, was home for several years, the eighth Bogd Khaan, living Buddha, last ruler of Mongolia.

At the edge of Ulan Bator there are the traditional Gher, where many still live its inhabitants. On Piazza Sükhbaatar, the hub of the city, there are various buildings including the Palace of Culture, where the National Museum of Mongolian History, interesting testimony of Mongolian culture.

Museums Ulan Bator

– Natural History Museum, which houses important collections, including two overtime complete skeletons of dinosaurs found in the Gobi desero.
– Museum of Fine Arts Zanabazar, boasts a fine collection of paintings and sculptures, and other exhibitions of a religious nature.