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Karakorum (Kharkhorin)

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Address: Orthon Valley, Kharkhorin 212920, Mongolia
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+976 7032 7808
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Ancient capital of Mongol Empire established by Genghis Khan in 1220.

Ancient capital of Mongol Empire established by Genghis Khan in 1220.

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5 Nights Central Mongolia Highlight Tour
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1 Day Erdenezuu Monastery Coach Tour Including Lunch

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History Museum is an absolute Must-See!

The town itself isn't much, but the museum explaining the archeology and history of the former capital is excellent. We did it with a great guide, but the signage is in English... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
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Beijing, China
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

The temple and walls are only about 300 years old. The only thing left of the old city is two turtle statutes which I made a point on seeing. The temples are just okay. But all thr sites take less than two hours to visit. Only go if you can appreciate the historical value of the place.

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

nice easy walk, sometimes some one may ask you for fee, best light with sunrise, old wooden architecture

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The town itself isn't much, but the museum explaining the archeology and history of the former capital is excellent. We did it with a great guide, but the signage is in English for those who want to do it alone. The gift shop is very nice and sells stamps and postcards and even has a postbox.

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

An ancient town in the Orkhon Valley, and once a centre of crafts and a fine palace,Kharkhorin today is a small residential town. The River Orkhon runs nearby and there are a few ancient archaeological sites that tell a tale of its past. The Erdene Zuu Monastery and its surroundings are a must see as also the new National Museum.... More 

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Yeppoon, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

old and boring. all not maintained at all and they still use part of it. Very sad to see such good building work from a few hundred years ago just dying,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This review is for the temple. The temple has a large foundation with a small portion in the corner back that is still actively practicing, there you may see some monks in prayers or chanting. To the left after the entrance is the smaller temples that you have to pay to enter, and pay more to take pictures. The outside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We visited this site as part of an arranged tour. The monastery site is probably best known as Ogedai Khan's palace site of the 13th century. I would advise visiting the museum, which is 800 meters on the road north of the entrance gate. The museum had a model of the ancient city and details on recent archaeological finds that... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

You must get there if you want an experience of the Mongolian countryside as well as a feel of the local culture. The amenities are very basic and the public transportation is rather sacnty but the beauty of the place is unsurpassed. the people are very friendly and hospitable. There are plenty of nature sites in the vicinity to keep... More 

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Westminster, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

A trip to Harhorin (Kharkhorin) is an essential to understand the history of Mongolia. The historical grounds of this city are vast, and it's truly amazing to walk amongst the ruins of a place that holds over 1000 years of history. Be certain to witness the chanting of the lamas in the active monastery every morning when you visit. Erdene... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

The main museum is great.I think it is UNESCO funded.It is the ancient capital of Gengis Khan.Not much left as the Chinese destroyed most of it but the museum brings it to life.

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