Things to do in Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator is a unique mix of quiet Buddhist temples and loud nightlife districts

Ulan Bator started as a nomadic center of a Buddhist group and this religious culture can still be seen nowadays through the many monasteries and temples dotting the city. Complementing these old structures are the modern and sophisticated buildings that make up the urban lifestyle of the city.


Things to do in Ulan Bator

As the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator is the financial, administrative, cultural, and economic hub of the city. Aside from Buddhist monasteries, there’s many interesting sights and things to do in Ulan Bator and several museums, parks, and holiday destinations can be found in the city.


Opera House

The Opera House is very hard to miss because it is located at the city center. It is where most musical performances, recitals, and concerts are held.



If you like shopping, several shopping districts to visit are Peace Avenue, the Circus, Naran Tuul or Black Market, and the 3rd Microdistrict Boulevard. You can buy a wide selection of items ranging from souvenirs and trinkets to garments and paintings.



There are also different pubs and night clubs comprising the wild nightlife scene of Ulan Bator. Most are closed after midnight but there are some clubs that are open until the wee hours of the morning.


When to go to Ulan Bator

The city of Ulan Bator has a cold semi-arid climate and is actually considered the coldest capital city in the world.

The short summer season has mean temperatures of around 20°C (68°F) while the long winter season often has sub-zero temperatures. The coldest months of January and February experience temperatures ranging from -15°C to -30°C (-5°F to -22°F).

If you visit the city in July, you can watch the Naadam Festival, the most popular and most visited festival in Ulan Bator and the entire Mongolia. The three main features of this festival are wrestling, archery, and horse racing.


Things to do in Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator Facts

CurrencyMongolian Tughrik
AirportChinggis Khaan Intl, Mongolia (ULN)

Ulan Bator average temperatures

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Ulan Bator Opera House

The National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Mongolia

Inaugurated in 1963 to the sound of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, The National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Mongolia has since been the main venue for opera and ballet in Mongolia. With a facade covered in orange-red with eight great pillars in front of the entrance, this national opera house is a representation of classical Mongolian architecture. It is located in the middle of the city center where you will also find The Palace of Independence, the Government Building and the Central Cultural Palace. In other words, it is a great place to visit when you want to immerse yourself in Mongolian culture and history.

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Ulan Bator Marathon

Experience the rare country of Mongolia with all its untouched ancient nomadic cultures in the Ulan Bator International Marathon. It takes place every year on the first Saturday of June and is a colorful, festive and fun event. You don’t want to miss out on this!

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Theme Parks in Ulan Bator - Perfect for small children

National Amusement Park in Ulan Bator is mostly known to people as the ”Children’s Park”. This is a small and low-key amusement park where all the small kids will love the fun and exciting rides available! There are also games and paddle boats ready for them to enjoy. This simply is a good option if you are traveling with small children!

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