What to do and see in Republic of Buryatia, Russia: The Best Places and Tips

March 22, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

The Republic of Buryatia (Russian: Респу́блика Буря́тия, tr. Respublika Buryatiya, IPA: [rʲɪsˈpublʲɪkə bʊˈrʲætʲɪjə]; Buryat: Буряад Улас, Buryaad Ulas, [bʊrˈjaːt ʊˈlas]) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic), located in Asia in Siberia. Its capital is the city of Ulan-Ude. Its area is 351,300 square kilometers (135,600 sq mi) with a population of 972,021 (2010 Census).
Restaurants in Republic of Buryatia

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. Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

Ivolginsk 671050, Russia +7 902 169-81-08
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

Reviewed By kanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Amazing. In one word. Amazing. I was riding North from the border with Mongolia to Ulan-Ude with friends and they stopped here at the Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) strictly to see friends they were meeting here. They were NOT coming to see the monastery. When I looked into the monastery from the parking lot, I quickly entered the grounds and walked all around it. Amazing. Well worth a visit especially if you have an interest in Buddhism. I still am not able to fully comprehend such a venue here in Russian Siberia.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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!

8. Waterfalls Arshan

River Kyngarga, Arshan, Russia
Excellent
74%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Waterfalls Arshan

Reviewed By Ryfusz - Brussels, Belgium

An uphill path leads through a market with pretty much everything on sale. Going further along the river, people drink from the water believed to have healing effects on the body. To reach the Waterfalls, one must walk for another hour and go up a few stairs - in Summer, in the sticky heat.
Large numbers of tourists go there to take pictures of the sort of falls you can find in any hilly/moutaneous area. It is a mistery to me why people spend hours in the car to reach this place for a day trip.

9. 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!

10. Hoymorsky (Arshansky) datsan Bodhidharma

tract Polyana, Arshan, Russia
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Hoymorsky (Arshansky) datsan Bodhidharma

Reviewed By Maire M - London, United Kingdom

This is located about 20 minutes walk from town through a forested road. Small temple, a couple of Stupas and a small training centre for monks. There's a small shop in the temple.

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