Jun 16 2008

Ulaan Baatar City Tour

Published by at 10:33 pm under Mongolia,Ulaan Baatar

As I mentioned earlier, we took a nice tour of Ulaan Baatar today.  It’s the capital of Mongolia, and the country’s largest city, with a population of just over 1 million people (for some perspective, that’s larger than the population of the city of Boston proper, and about 1/4 the size of the entire Boston metro area).  During the tour, we visited the Gandan Monastery (the city’s principal Buddhist monastery), the Bogd Khan Palace (the summer and winter palaces of the political/religious leader of Mongolia who ruled in the early 20th century), the National Museum of Mongolian History, and the Zaisan Memorial (a hilltop memorial to the political alliance between Mongolia and the Soviet Union, from which we had great city views).

Dave got some great pics, of course:


View of UB from the Zaisan Memorial


The outside of a temple at the Gandan Monastery


Buddhist monks at the Gandan Monastery


The giant statue of Avalokiteshvara-Janraiseg inside a temple at Gandan Monastery


The Bogd Khan’s Summer Palace entrance


More of the Bogd Khan’s Summer Palace


The Zaisan Memorial

– Meredith

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