Ulaanbaatar

Weather

During August, Ulaanbaatar will expect to be enjoying an average daytime temperature in the region of 23 degrees Celcius, dropping to around 7 degrees at night, with an average of around 11 hours of sunshine per day. The rainy season is from June to August, when about 74 percent of the annual rainfall occurs.

Currency

Official currency is Mongolian Tugrik. Most international credit cards are accepted in Mongolia, e.g. VISA, MasterCard etc. are widely accepted at all banks and hotels. But for visiting market or small shops, taking taxi, cash is preferable.

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For the shoppers

General business hours: Monday–Friday: 9am – 5pm
Banks: Monday–Friday: 9am – 6pm 

General hours of Stores: Monday–Sunday: 10am – 9pm (check individual stores for specific hours)
Some of popular stores: Central Department Store, Galleria, Shangri-La

Getting in

Chingis Khaan Airport is Ulaanbaatar’s main airport, and is located 25 km from the center of the city. It is accessible by taxi, alternatively, there are a number of shuttle bus operators that will service the route.

Getting Around

Ulaanbaatar is a very accessible city to reach any major location you want, by walking, from Shangri-La hotel. Transport is available in the form of buses and taxis. You can rent car from Sixt, or order a taxi using Ubcab, Mongolian Uber like mobile app.
Taxi: 1000MNT per km
Bus: 4000MNT for bus card(U Money), 500MNT per ride

Attractions

In Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar, where 1.3 million people out of Mongolia’s 3.2 million population, is the country’s economic, cultural and political center and has a number of tourist attractions and hosts the most varied types of entertainment. 

National Museum of Mongolia – Mongolia’s wonderful National Museum sweeps visitors from the Neolithic era right to the present day. It’s UB’s only genuine blockbuster sight, offering an unparalleled overview of Mongolian culture, ranging from stone-age petroglyphs and exquisite gold ornamentation.
Choijin Lama Temple Museum – This temple museum smack in the middle of downtown Ulaanbaatar was the home of Luvsan Haidav Choijin Lama the state oracle and brother of the Bogd Khan.
Zaisan Memorial – Built by the Russians to commemorate ‘unknown soldiers and heroes’ from various wars, the Zaisan Memorial features stirring socialist realism imagery with Soviet mosaics and reliefs, including that of Stalin and Lenin.

Gorkhi Terelj national park – Terelj National Park is the most popular destination and located 80 km away from Ulaanbaatar and is one of the most beautiful places in Mongolia. Rafting, riding, hiking, camping and mountain biking are popular activities around Grokhi Terelj.
Khustai national park – The 90,000 hectare Hustain Huruu National Park, set 60 miles southwest of Ulaanbaatar, is home to the world’s only naturally surviving wild horse. Hustai has unique landscape that features mountain steppe and steppe, also there are sand dunes representing Gobi of Mongolia and River wetlands.
Bogd khan national park – One of the two most popular short trip and hiking destinations is Bogd Khan National Park. You can also visit the Manzushir Khid 18th century monastery in the southern reserve. The Monastery overlooks a beautiful valley of river and forest.
Chinggis Khaan statue – Chinggis khan statue complex is located 54km from Ulaanbaatar among beautiful natural scenery place called “Tsonjin Boldog”.
Aglag buteel monastery – Aglag Buteel Monastery is located 95km north of Ulaanbaatar. You will see a garuda at the gate protecting the monastery as well as Gecko and Scorpion statues on a giant boulder inside the monastery.