Siberia Spotlight: Ulan Ude’s Top Attraction – Lenin’s Head
If you are ever in Ulan Ude, Siberia, you can’t miss the enormous Lenin head – the biggest in the world – in the town square. The bronze sculpture is 25 feet tall and weighs 42 tons.
The head was unveiled in 1971 to mark the 100th anniversary of Lenin’s birth and ever since, it’s been Ulan Ude’s claim to fame, meeting place, and most photographed attraction.
- Visit the open-air Ethno Museum of Transbaikal Peoples, which recreates a traditional Siberian village of the 19th century.
- Stop in at the Ivolginsk Datsan, a Buddhist monastery that is the center of Russian Buddhism. If the timing is lucky, you may witness the monks chanting prayers in Tibetan.
- Have lunch in a traditional Buryat ger and dine onmilky Buryat tea and a plate of juicy posy, the savory Buryat meat dumplings.
- Set off into the countryside for a visit to a village of Old Believers.
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There are a number of ways you can visit Ulan Ude and see Lenin’s head for yourself:
- A rail journey by private train
- Adventurous small group tours
- An independent trip itinerary
- A custom, private trip, handcrafted to your pace, budget and interests
Top photo: Lenin’s head is a towering presence in Ulan Ude, Siberia. Photo credit: Eileen Bjorkman
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2016