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Ulan-Ude

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Monuments · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km 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.NamesUlan-Ude was first called Udinskoye for its location on the Uda River. From around 1735, the settlement was called Udinsk and was granted town status under that name in 1775. The name was changed to Verkhneudinsk, literally "Upper Udinsk" in 1783, to differentiate it from Nizhneudinsk lying on a different Uda River near Irkutsk which was granted town status that year. The "upper" and "lower" refer to positions of the two cities relative to each other, not the location of the cities on their respective Uda rivers. Verkhneudinsk lies at the mouth of its Uda, i.e. the lower end, while Nizhneudinsk is along the middle stretch of its Uda. The current name was given to the city July 27, 1934 and means "red Uda" in Buryat, reflecting the Soviet Union's Communist ideology.
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Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha ©
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Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Monument to Lenin
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Monument to Lenin
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau
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Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Arbat
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Arbat
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Ulan-Ude

Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) ©
Religious Site
Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) Ivolginsk
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Zabaykalye Peoples Ethnography Museum
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Zabaykalye Peoples Ethnography Museum Verkhnyaya Berezovka
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Mineral Springs Khalyuty
Hot Spring
Mineral Springs Khalyuty Khalyuty
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hot Spring Zagza
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Hot Spring Zagza Enkheluk
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Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Ulan-Ude

Holy Odigitrievsky Cathedral
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Holy Odigitrievsky Cathedral
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Holy Trinity Church
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Holy Trinity Church
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church of the Ascension
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sacred Ilyinsky Church
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Sacred Ilyinsky Church
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Ulan-Ude

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Natsionalnyy muzey RB
History Museum
Natsionalnyy muzey RB
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museum of History of Ulan-Ude ©
Specialty Museum
Museum of History of Ulan-Ude
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Republican Art Museum (T. Sampilov)
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Republican Art Museum (T. Sampilov)
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Ulan-Ude

Victory Memorial Park
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Victory Memorial Park
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Holy Protection Church
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Holy Protection Church
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church of St. Nicholas ©
Church
Church of St. Nicholas
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Nature Museum of Buryatia ©
Natural History Museum
Nature Museum of Buryatia
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Ulan-Ude

Geological Museum
Science Museum
Geological Museum
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Green Park
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Green Park
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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