Attractions in Ulaanbaatar | New Milestone Tours

ATTRACTIONS IN UB

At the end or beginning of the tour, we would love to recommend always that you visit or go to see our main museum or traditional dance and music concert in Ulaanbaatar to taste the culture and history. Here we have listed the best cultural attractions, please contact us for ticket reservation or include into your City Tour at service@newmilestonetours.com

Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art

This fine-arts museum has a superb collection of paintings, carvings and sculptures, including many by the revered sculptor and artist Zanabazar. It also contains other rare, and sometimes old, religious exhibits such as scroll thangka (paintings) and Buddhist statues, representing the best display of its kind in Mongolia. A bonus is that most of the exhibit captions in the museum are in English.

National Museum of Mongolia

Exhibitions cover a wide range of historical time periods such as the Prehistoric Mongolian Empire, the Mongol Empire, Mongolia during the Qing rule, Ethnography, and Traditional Life, and the Twentieth-Century History. The Ethnographic collection has significant displays of the Traditional Attire of various Mongolian ethnic groups and of snuff bottles. Most exhibits have labels in both Mongolian and English. The museum publishes one or more issues of its in-house journal each year, with articles in Mongolian and foreign languages, including Russian and English.

Gandantegchenling Monastery

The Gandantegchinlen is a Tibetan-style monastery in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar that has been restored and revitalized since 1990. The name translates to the "Great Place of Complete Joy". It currently has over 150 monks in residence. It features a 26.5-meter-high statue of Migjid Janraisig, a Buddhist bodhisattva who was also known as Avalokitesvara. This came under state protection in 1994.

Bogd Khan Palace Museum

The palace is the only one left from the original four residences of the eighth Jebtsundamba Khutughtu, who was later proclaimed Bogd Khan or Emperor of Mongolia.The complex includes six temples. On display are many of the Bogd Khan's possessions, such as his throne and bed, his collection of art and stuffed animals, his ornate ceremonial ger, and a pair of ceremonial boots given to the Khan by Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

Museum of Natural History

The museum includes Departments of Geology, Geography, Flora and Fauna, Paleontology, and Anthropology encompassing the natural history of Mongolia. The museum's holdings include more than 6,000 specimens, 45% of which are on permanent public display.

The museum is particularly well known for its dinosaur and other paleontological exhibits, the most notable among them are a nearly complete skeleton of a Late Cretaceous Tarbosaurus tyrannosaurid and broadly contemporaneous nests of Protoceratops eggs.

National Academic Drama Theatre

During most of the year, this large, red-hued theatre shows one of a dozen or so Mongolian-language productions by various playwrights from Mongolia, Russia and beyond. Don Quixote was being played when we last visited. Schedules are sporadic. You can buy tickets in advance at the booking office, which is inside the small concrete guardhouse on the right-hand side of the theatre.

On the left-hand side of the theatre, as you approach it from the road, is a door that leads to a puppet theatre, which is great if you are travelling with children.

Mongolian National Song and Dance Ensemble

The Mongolian National Song & Dance Ensemble puts on performances for tourists throughout the summer in the National Academic Drama Theatre. Shows are less frequently staged at the Cultural Palace on the northeast corner of Chinggis Khaan Sq.

You can also see traditional song and dance at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in the summer at 5pm.

The State Opera and Ballet Theater

Mongolian Classical performances are high quality due to the schools of Russia and former Soviet Europian countries have been here since the 1930’s. Today many performers are educated and have obtained their professions in many European art universities.

On Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the year, and sometimes also on weekend afternoons in the summer, the theatre holds stirring opera (in Mongolian) and ballet shows.

Mongolian original operas include Three Fateful Hills by famous playwright D Natsagdorj and the more recent Chinggis Khaan, by B Sharav. Other productions include an exhilarating (but long) rendition of Carmen, plus plenty of Puccini and Tchaikovsky.

A board outside of the theatre lists the shows for the current month in English. An advance purchase is worthwhile for popular shows because tickets are numbered, so it’s possible to score a good seat if you book it early.


Tumen Ekh Ensamble

The Tumen Ekh Ensemble is one of the best national song and dance ensembles in Mongolia. “Tumen Ekh” in the Mongolian (language) is the expression of “a leader or vanguard of everything”. In 1989, a group of outstanding artists took the name of the famous folk song “Tumen Ekh” and joined together to form this ensemble.