- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Mongolia is known for holding on to its rich culture and traditions, while sampling the modern way of life. Visiting Mongolia, the place of remarkable history and spectacular scenery, is an unmatched, unique experience. This country is located at the heart of Asia and between 2 large neighbors, China and Russia. A large part of this country is dominated by mountains, so if you are a fan of hiking and horse riding, there are plenty of such opportunities for you. In addition, the landscape is also defined by wide grasslands, desert, and plains.
Here are some attractions that are worth to visit when you are in this amazing country.
National Museum of Mongolian History
Located in the center of the city of Ulaanbaatar, the National Museum of Mongolian History contains some of the oldest collections of Mongolian artifacts. The museum boasts more than 40,000 pieces in its collection, ranging from historical items to archeological finds.
The Flaming Cliffs
Early in the morning as the sun rises or in the evening when the sun sets, parts of the Bayan Zag, or Flaming Cliffs, come to life in a spectacle of bright colors. Tourists come to this area of the Gobi Desert to witness the transformation caused by the fading sunlight. The light makes the appearance of the cliff faces change to a sight similar to burning coals as the red sediment in the rocks glows.
The Orkhon Khurkhree waterfall is a popular site for tourists in Mongolia. Waters that flow from the Orkhon and Ulaan rivers form this waterfall. Here, the water cascades 80 feet to a pool below. The waters of the rivers are cold, but some visitors find it irresistible to swim in the water below the falls. The local people do not swim and say that the pool beneath the falls is "bottomless." The falls are located in the eastern foothills of the Khangai Mountains in the central part of Mongolia.
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Mongolia's oldest monastery, Erdene Zuu, is located in central Mongolia in Ovorxangai aimag. This monastery was constructed on the site of the former city of Karakorum in 1586. A wall adorned with 108 stupas, a common Mongolian architectural object, and Buddhist tomb surrounds the monastery. There are three zuu temples, all of which have been damaged or destroyed over the ages and then refurbished. Inside the walls, there is also a museum that contains some of the nation's most prized Buddhist treasures. At the lavriin Sum, a Tibetan-style temple, visitors can listen to monks pray and watch locals receive blessings.