Karakorum was once the capital of the Mongol Empire established in the 13th century. It’s heyday only lasted about 40 years before Kublai han moved the capital to Dadu (modern day Beijing). After this the city was hit by warfare amongst the tribes and faded from history. Much of the ruined city was used to build Erdene Zuu monastery in the 16th Century. A visit to Karakorum is as much about the journey to get there as it is the destination itself although there is much of historical interest to see and the monastery and its walls looks fabulous.
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REASON TO VISIT KARAKORUM
A Karakorum trip is a great combination of Mongolian history and classic grassland adventure. It is ideal for those who do not have the time for some of the longer stopover options.
KARAKORUM TRAVEL TIP
Karakorum is an ideal add on to any Mongolia stopover for those wanting a experience a short jeep trek beyond the usual grasslands visited just outside of Ulaanbaatar.
HIGHLIGHTS OF KARAKORUM
The Monastery of Erdene Zuu founded in 1586 and built from the remains of the capital.
The Stone Turtles two of which remain outside the walls of the Monastery.
The ruins of Tumen Amgalan (the Palace of Worldly Peace) built in 1235.
The Phallic Rock, a couple of kilometers from the Monastery.
Great Imperial Map Monument, a large monument on a hill and offering panoramic views.
The adventure of getting out into the endless vistas of the Mongolian Steppe.
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