Ulan Ude

Ulan Ude

Ulan Ude was founded in 1666 by Cossacks as a winter encampment on the Selenga River. Today it is the center of Russian Buddhism and the location of one of the only datsans, or mon­asteries, to survive Soviet times. The indigenous people of the area, the Buryats, are closely related to their Mongolian neighbors, sharing their Tibetan Buddhism and earlier sha­manism.

PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013