10 Things to Do in Ulan-Ude That You Shouldn't Miss

March 16, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Ulan-Ude (Russian: Улан-Удэ, IPA: [ʊˈlan ʊˈdɛ]; Russian Buryat: Улаан Үдэ, Ulaan Üde) is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. According to the 2010 Census, 404,426 people lived in Ulan-Ude; up from 359,391 recorded in the 2002 Census, making the city the third largest in eastern Siberia by population.
Restaurants in Ulan-Ude

1. Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

Streletskaya st., 1, Ulan-Ude 670034, Russia +7 301 248-52-72
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 227 reviews

Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

Reviewed By Jennefer N - Canberra, Australia

Not at all hard to get to, hop on the 97 bus,if you are staying at Baikal Plaza it is right outside the front door.The cost was about 50 roubles one way.The monastery is the last stop.Great views of the City and there is also a lovely boardwalk with very unusual life size fiqures of the Chinese zodiac at different points.

2. Monument to Lenin

Sovetov Square, Ulan-Ude, Russia
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 321 reviews

Monument to Lenin

Reviewed By kanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

This is why I enjoy TripAdvisor. First, yes I went and saw the enormous head honoring the late and the (at least to many people) great Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. "Who you ask?" Well thanks to TripAdvisor I researched this gentleman of historical significance (like it or not you have to accept this fact) that we call Lenin. It was interesting as was the square. But all things added up, I call it average.

3. Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau

Etnograficheskiy Muzei, 1, Ulan-Ude 670045, Russia +7 301 233-25-10
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau

Reviewed By Zoe B - London, United Kingdom

The museum is interesting with lots of things to see but the animal section was completely horrendous. I was close to tears when I was walking around it. Animals such as bears, wolves and tigers are being kept in tiny concrete enclosures with absolutely nothing in them to keep them entertained and as a result they are either pacing up and down or simply lying on the ground not doing anything, depressed. In the tiger enclosure there was a tiger lying down with a piece of rotting meat next to it that it clearly didn't want to touch (who could blame it?) and there were mice crawling all over it. This part of the museum needs to be shut down. It was completely disgraceful and disgusting.

4. Holy Odigitrievsky Cathedral

Lenina, 2, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Holy Odigitrievsky Cathedral

Reviewed By 787sallyb - Park City, Utah

Beautiful Cathedral circa 1750 that can be reached by strolled through the pedestrian walkways through the center of Ulan-Ude. It survived the Bolshevik purges by being useful as an "anti-religious" museum. Good thing. It is beautiful. Restoration after the fall of the Soviet Union brought it back to its former architectural glory.

5. Arbat

Lenina St., Ulan-Ude, Russia
Excellent
48%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Arbat

Reviewed By PietroAugusto - Milan, Italy

This street is really nothing special, normal shops, buildings in the average. The only nice things are the markets in the street at the weekend that sell manufacts and other items, you'll find квас in the tipical container. Have a walk, this is an access to an interesting part of the city.

6. Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Lenina St., 51, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia +7 301 221-36-00
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Buryat State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Reviewed By Petr I - Улан-Удэ, Россия

We watched a show in this theater, but what was striking is that the theater has maintained the architectural and decorative style of the Soviet period. While some are fighting against the symbols of the epoch gone, here the reconstructors and renovators preserved everything the way it was in the 60-s when the theater was built. Highly recommend to visit this unusual for our time place. Thank you guys!

7. Face of the Goddess Yanzhima

village Yarikto, Ulan-Ude 671601, Russia
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 39 reviews

Face of the Goddess Yanzhima

Reviewed By Petr I - Улан-Удэ, Россия

Этот объект находится очень далеко от Улан-Удэ. 180 км до Горячинска - дорога прекрасная, но потом начинается тяжелая часть с плохим дорожным полотном. Сама местность поражает каким-то странным ощущением чуда. Чтобы увидеть лик Богини Янжимы, надо постараться найти место, откуда она вам проявится. Многие едут за чудом, особенно те, у кого нет детей. Говорят, помогает!

8. Museum of History of Ulan-Ude

Lenina, 26A, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia +7 301 221-25-22
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Museum of History of Ulan-Ude

Reviewed By Ltp_BKK - Bangkok, Thailand

There are many old photos of Ulan-Ude and paintings that show what Ulan-Ude look like in the past. Anyway, you can buy the postcard here.

9. Music Fountain

Lenina St., 51, Ulan-Ude, Russia
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Music Fountain

Reviewed By MartinBaxter58 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Small square in front of the theatre close to the main square, with the huge bust of Lenin's head, in Ulan-Ude. Very nice.

10. Buryatia History Museum

Profsoyuznaya ul., d. 29, Ulan-Ude 670000, Russia (3012) 22170
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Buryatia History Museum

Reviewed By ToyotaLandCruiser - Vossevangen, Norway

Buryatia History Museum has some nice Exhibitions on Buryat history. We waited for quite a long time to find someone who could sell the tickets to us and in the end, they let us in for 200 R per exhibition! I think it was a bit expensive. It seemed like they were not interested in guests coming and seeing the Exhibitions. The historic exhibition about Buryatia was interesting, only in Russian though.

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