Ulaanbaatar: Modern and Ancient Mingling in Mongolia

Exploring Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital city from its modern malls to its ancient monasteries. Ulaanbaatar is a rather industrial tangle framed by soft rolling mountains that gently beckon you away from the city and out into the vast, unspoiled countryside.
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Since nearly every trip to Mongolia begins and ends in Ulaanbaatar, I though I’d share with you photos from my first impressions; the first two days spent wandering around the city.

What can you do there?

People-watch and window-shop while strolling down the main street, Peace Avenue.

Have an off-beat cocktail and snacks while looking out over the city from the 17th floor rooftop bar at the Ramada.

Visit the Gandan Monastery, the largest and most famous functioning monastery in Mongolia.

Chill out at the glass and statue-filled Sukhbaatar Square and watch a diplomatic ceremony.

Sink into a window seat at the Kempinski Hotel for a glass of champagne and a sea-buckthorn creme brûlée and fortify yourself with a little treat before you head off into the Gobi Desert for a week or two.

 

Where Did I..?

  •  Sleep
  •  Eat

Rosewood Enoteca for a great lunch, and come to think of it, a great dinner, too.

Kempinski’s Khan Palace for dessert

Caffebene which is in no way a take-off of the Coffee Bean. Nope, not at all. But great sweet potato lattes – for real!

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Hi. I’m Juliana Dever and according to science I have some sort of "exploration" gene. Embracing this compulsion, I spend a lot of time hurtling around the planet in metal tubes experiencing other cultures and writing humorous essays about it. Enjoy.

3 Comments

  1. Carolyne / December 10, 2015 at 8:39 am /Reply

    My girlgrined really wants to go there, but I’m still not sure. She is so going to use your post against me !! Great photos.

  2. Lesley Pesnicak / August 6, 2018 at 5:15 pm /Reply

    I am going in September. This has been the most helpful blog by far. Thanks!

    • Juliana Dever / August 7, 2018 at 3:56 pm /Reply

      Thanks for the comment Lesley, I’m happy my post was useful!

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