Set in the Tuul River Valley, Ulaanbaatar is a fascinating mix of old and new with a rich Buddhist history. Mongolia's bustling capital is brimming with world-class museums, ancient Buddhist temples, trendy restaurants and bohemian nightclubs.
Things to do in Ulaanbaatar
For a glimpse at the country's colourful history, don't miss the National Museum of Mongolia. Spanning from the Neolithic era to contemporary Mongolia, it houses an impressive collection of ancient jewellery, stone-age petroglyphs and traditional folk costumes.
Whether you're in search of hand-loomed carpets or unique souvenirs, Naran Tuul Market is brimming with stalls. It's a great place to pick up traditional Mongolian clothing as well as antiques, leather goods and faux designer handbags.
Held at the State Youth & Children’s Theatre, the Tumen Ekh National Song & Dance Ensemble is one of Ulaanbaatar's top cultural experiences. You'll be blown away by traditional khoomii" throat singing, colourful folk costumes and beautifully carved instruments.
Ulaanbaatar is the beating heart of Mongolia's counterculture scene, with countless bars, clubs and live music venues popping up across the city. Hops & Rocks Brewery is one of the best places to rub shoulders with Mongolian trendsetters. It's the country's original craft brewery, pouring pale ales and IPAs.
Getting around Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar is well-serviced by a network of local buses and taxis that run throughout the city. Regional trains depart from Ulaanbaatar Railway Station, while Chinggis Khaan International Airport is just 30 minutes from Sukhbaatar Square by car.