The winter palace of Bogd Khan

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bensonryan bensonry…
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Bogd Khan Palace Oct 09, 2014
Bogd Khan Palace is located in southern Ulaanbaatar just south of Chingghis Khan square. It was built in the late 1890's and functioned as a 20 year residence for Mongolia’s eighth Living Buddha and last king known as Bogd Khan. It managed to survive any attempt of destruction from communist occupation while Mongolia. For reasons as it was turned into a museum.

The palace contains six temples in the grounds with Buddhist artwork, sculpture and cotton paintings known as "thangka". The Winter Palace itself contains collection of gifts received from foreign dignitaries to including a pair of golden boots from a Russian tsar, and filled with fox and snow leopard skins making up one of the gers. There is interesting collection of taxidermy unusual variety of stuffed animals in the palace, with photographic indications of these animals were apart of Bogd Khan's personal zoo. Visitors will be charged an ample amount of additional Mongolian Tugrik if they use photography inside the palace.

This is an essential destination while visiting Mongolia. It wasn't the most awe inspiring visit but I appreciated the continued preservation of the palace in the last 120 years. The colors are rather stunning and unique in its own right. It's holds an interesting clash in location as it blends its antiquity with a modern and bustling capital. I probably wouldn't recommend it to any animal rights activist due to the excessive use of animal skins for the sake of art but it is an otherwise worthwhile visit.
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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The highlight of Ulaanbaatar Aug 21, 2011
Bogd Khan was Mongolia’s eighth living Buddha and last king, Jebtzun Damba Hutagt VIII, also known as Bogd Khan. He lived in this palace, which was built between 1893 and 1903, for twenty years.

The complex has a spectacular entrance gate, six lovely small temples and a hideous white box of concrete that is the actual palace. Inside the temples old statues and colourful tapestries are on display. The temples and the details in the architecture itself are most beautiful though.

The palace itself is quite nice on the inside, it is completely filled up with the gorgeous possessions of Bogd Khan and his wife, like furniture, clothing, beds and an enormous collection of stuffed animals.

You need to buy a special ticket in order to be allowed to take pictures anywhere, and it is well worth it. If you only have time to visit one place in Ulaanbaatar, this is the best pick.
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