Ulan-Ude

The Capital of Buddhism in Russia

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Cossacks exploring lands to the east of Baikal founded Ulan-Ude in 1666. It was a strong fortress supporting Russian troops in this area. In addition, Ulan-Ude was an important center of trade with China, Mongolia, and local people.

Nowadays, Ulan-Ude is a big Siberian city. It attracts tourists with the beauty of the surrounding nature, rich history, magnificent architecture, and the unique opportunity to get acquainted with Buddhism. Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia. It is a comparatively big territory to the east from Baikal. The name of the city can be translated from the Buryat language as «Red Uda.» Uda is the name of the river where the town was founded.

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Ulan-Ude

The Capital of Buddhism in Russia

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Cossacks exploring lands to the east of Baikal founded Ulan-Ude in 1666. It was a strong fortress supporting Russian troops in this area. In addition, Ulan-Ude was an important center of trade with China, Mongolia, and local people.
Nowadays, Ulan-Ude is a big Siberian city. It attracts tourists with the beauty of the surrounding nature, rich history, magnificent architecture, and the unique opportunity to get acquainted with Buddhism. Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia. It is a comparatively big territory to the east from Baikal. The name of the city can be translated from the Buryat language as «Red Uda.» Uda is the name of the river where the town was founded.

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Popularity — 70%
Complexity — 5%
Availability — 70%
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What’s interesting in Ulan-Ude?

  • Buddhism center in Russia
  • Capital of the Buryat Republic
  • One of the oldest city in Siberia
  • The biggest city to the East of Baikal

What’s interesting in Ulan-Ude?

  • Buddhism center in Russia
  • Capital of the Buryat Republic
  • One of the oldest city in Siberia
  • The biggest city to the East of Baikal

Ulan-Ude Attractions

There are many places In Ulan-Ude where tourists can spend their time with interest. It is necessary to admire the temples of Ulan-Ude, belonging to the Buddhism religion. We also advise you to visit museums to learn more about the local people’s culture, traditions, and religion.

Monument “Mother Buryatiya”

This 16-meter monument is considered a symbol not only of Ulan-Ude but also of the whole Republic. «Buryatiya» is the name of the Buryat Republic in Russia, the Buryat people’s land.
A bronze sculpture of a woman Mother Buryatia holds a khadak and a bowl in her hands, warmly greeting the city’s guests.

Khadak — a long narrow shawl given as a sign of respect, friendship, and good wishes

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Mother Buryatiya

King’s gate

In 1891 Nikolay the Second, the prince of the Russian Empire, visited Ulan-Ude. The Arch was built in honor of the future Emperor’s visit.

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King’s gate

Monument to Geser

In Buryat folklore, Geser is the National Hero, the Gods’ son, who fights against evil. He protects his native from enemies and foreign invaders. The monument is located on Victory Avenue.

Ulan-Ude Theatre Square

Theatre square is one of the main attractions of Ulan-Ude. Its architectural ensemble consists of beautiful buildings, monuments, a delightful light, and a musical fountain.
Each tourist must visit this place to see the sculpture «Angara the Beauty,» Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the House of Radio. The square is a favorite place for evening walks of the city residents.

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Theatre Square

Museum of the history of Buryatiya

The exhibition tells about the history of Buryatia from ancient times to the present day. Here it is easy to learn a lot about the culture, folklore, life, traditions of the local people.

In the museum’s collection, there are more than 100 000 items! There are archaeological artifacts, works of art, archival documents, and decorative and applied art masterpieces. The pearl of the collection is an Atlas of Tibetan medicine of the XVII century!

Museum working hours:
every day, except Monday,
from 10:00 to 18:00

Ticket price:
60 rubles for adults
30 rubles for children

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Inside the museum

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The collection is impressive!

Ulan-Ude Museum of Nature

The people living on the land of Buryatia know how to live in harmony with nature. The Buryatia Republic is trying to preserve the unique ecological system of the Lake Baikal. Travelers will get acquainted with the region’s natural resources during a tour of the Museum of Nature. Its exhibits tell about flora and fauna of Buryatia.
In addition, there are an extensive collection of paleontological artifacts and minerals.

Museum working hours:
every day, except Monday,
from 10:00 to 18:00

Ticket price:
60 rubles for adults
30 rubles for children

Ethnographic Museum

The museum has an area of 40 hectares, divided into thematic areas. Tourists will see several colorful historical attractions during the tour: local farms of the XIX century, Datsans, the burial of the Bronze Age. The exhibition includes reconstructions of traditional rituals of the Buryat people.

Working hours:
from Wednesday to Sunday,
from 10:00 to 18:30

Ticket price:
visiting is free, additional services
cost from 130 rubles to 350 rubles

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Pointers help you to navigate on the museum territory

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An exhibition building

folk-style house

It is a perfect place for walk also

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Guru Drakur the destroyer of evil

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Valley of Mountain Spirits

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Another one building

Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

Datsan is a Buddhist temple. For the Buryats, this is an important spiritual center and storage of the original culture. One of the main Datsan in Ulan-Ude is Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha.
Having been here, travelers will see the 6-meter statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, covered with gold, and hear the ringing of the bells of Four Seals installed inside the Datsan.

Datsan is opened every day from 8:30 to 17:30.

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At the datsan yard

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At the datsan yard

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Inside the temple

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Inside the temple

Lenin Street

Guests are required to walk along Lenin street. There are old merchant houses, fountains, monuments, and souvenir shops. This street is one of the main attractions of the city.

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Monument to the famous Russian novelist Anton Chekhov

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On the Lenin street

Ivolginskiy Datsan

Ulan-Ude is the Capital of Buddhism in Russia. There are many Buddhist temples, but the most interesting is Ivolginskiy Datsan. There you can see the real miracle – the Buddhist monk Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov.

He was born in 1852 and, at 15, started to learn the Buddha’s teachings. He lived for 75 years, and in 1927 he sat in the Lotus position and closed his eyes. Today people can see him sitting in this position! His nails and hair are still growing, and his body has not decomposed! Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov is a true wonder! Tourists can have a look at him a few times a year.

Ulan-Ude Attractions

There are many places In Ulan-Ude where tourists can spend their time with interest. It is necessary to admire the temples of Ulan-Ude, belonging to the Buddhism religion. We also advise you to visit museums to learn more about the local people’s culture, traditions, and religion.

Monument “Mother Buryatiya”

This 16-meter monument is considered a symbol not only of Ulan-Ude but also of the whole Republic. «Buryatiya» is the name of the Buryat Republic in Russia, the Buryat people’s land.
A bronze sculpture of a woman Mother Buryatia holds a khadak and a bowl in her hands, warmly greeting the city’s guests.

Khadak — a long narrow shawl given as a sign of respect, friendship, and good wishes

Улан-Удэ

Mother Buryatiya

King’s gate

In 1891 Nikolay the Second, the prince of the Russian Empire, visited Ulan-Ude. The Arch was built in honor of the future Emperor’s visit.

Ulan-Ude

King’s gate

Monument to Geser

In Buryat folklore, Geser is the National Hero, the Gods’ son, who fights against evil. He protects his native from enemies and foreign invaders. The monument is located on Victory Avenue.

Ulan-Ude Theatre Square

Theatre square is one of the main attractions of Ulan-Ude. Its architectural ensemble consists of beautiful buildings, monuments, a delightful light, and a musical fountain.
Each tourist must visit this place to see the sculpture «Angara the Beauty,» Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the House of Radio. The square is a favorite place for evening walks of the city residents.

Улан-Удэ

Theatre Square

Museum of the history of Buryatiya

The exhibition tells about the history of Buryatia from ancient times to the present day. Here it is easy to learn a lot about the culture, folklore, life, traditions of the local people.

In the museum’s collection, there are more than 100 000 items! There are archaeological artifacts, works of art, archival documents, and decorative and applied art masterpieces. The pearl of the collection is an Atlas of Tibetan medicine of the XVII century!

Museum working hours:
every day, except Monday,
from 10:00 to 18:00

Ticket price:
60 rubles for adults
30 rubles for children

Ulan-Ude

Inside the museum

Ulan-Ude

The collection is impressive!

Ulan-Ude Museum of Nature

The people living on the land of Buryatia know how to live in harmony with nature. The Buryatia Republic is trying to preserve the unique ecological system of the Lake Baikal. Travelers will get acquainted with the region’s natural resources during a tour of the Museum of Nature. Its exhibits tell about flora and fauna of Buryatia.
In addition, there are an extensive collection of paleontological artifacts and minerals.

Museum working hours:
every day, except Monday,
from 10:00 to 18:00

Ticket price:
60 rubles for adults
30 rubles for children

Ethnographic Museum

The museum has an area of 40 hectares, divided into thematic areas. Tourists will see several colorful historical attractions during the tour: local farms of the XIX century, Datsans, the burial of the Bronze Age. The exhibition includes reconstructions of traditional rituals of the Buryat people.

Working hours:
from Wednesday to Sunday,
from 10:00 to 18:30

Ticket price:
visiting is free, additional services
cost from 130 rubles to 350 rubles

Улан-Удэ

Guru Drakur the destroyer of evil

Ulan-Ude

Pointers help you to navigate on the museum territory

Ulan-Ude

An exhibition building

folk-style house

It is a perfect place for walk also

Улан-Удэ

Valley of Mountain Spirits

Ulan-Ude

Another one building

Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

Datsan is a Buddhist temple. For the Buryats, this is an important spiritual center and storage of the original culture. One of the main Datsan in Ulan-Ude is Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha.
Having been here, travelers will see the 6-meter statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, covered with gold, and hear the ringing of the bells of Four Seals installed inside the Datsan.

Working hours:
Datsan is opened every day from 8:30 to 17:30

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At the datsan yard

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At the datsan yard

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Inside the temple

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Inside the temple

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Monument to the famous Russian novelist Anton Chekhov

Lenin Street

Guests are required to walk along Lenin street. There are old merchant houses, fountains, monuments, and souvenir shops. This street is one of the main attractions of the city.

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On the Lenin street

Ivolginskiy Datsan

Ulan-Ude is the Capital of Buddhism in Russia. There are many Buddhist temples, but the most interesting is Ivolginskiy Datsan. There you can see the real miracle – the Buddhist monk Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov.

He was born in 1852 and, at 15, started to learn the Buddha’s teachings. He lived for 75 years, and in 1927 he sat in the Lotus position and closed his eyes. Today people can see him sitting in this position! His nails and hair are still growing, and his body has not decomposed! Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov is a true wonder! Tourists can have a look at him a few times a year.

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How to get to Ulan-Ude

It is very easy to do, look:

The road takes about seven or eight hours.
Taxi service is available also. The cost of the trip will be about 8700.
It is effortless to go from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude by bus for eight hours. The approximate price of the trip will be 1200 rubles. Buses take off from Irkutsk Bus Station.
Also, regular passenger trains run from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude. The journey takes about eight hours. A train ticket depends on wagons and can vary from 800 to 4000 roubles.

How to get to Ulan-Ude

It is very easy to do, look:

The road takes about seven or eight hours.
Taxi service is available also. The cost of the trip will be about 8700.
It is effortless to go from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude by bus for eight hours. The approximate price of the trip will be 1200 rubles. Buses take off from Irkutsk Bus Station.
Also, regular passenger trains run from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude. The journey takes about eight hours. A train ticket depends on wagons and can vary from 800 to 4000 roubles.