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Terelj National Park
Attractions close to Ulaanbaatar Mongolia: Terelj National ParkTerelj National Park (Gorkhi-Terelj National Park) is one of the most popular national parks in Mongolia located near Ulaanbaatar (70km west of UB). The park comprises 2 931,68 square kilometres. Park wildlife includes brown bears and over 250 species of birds. The Tuul River flows through the park. The park has many rock formations for rock climbers, and includes two famous formations named for things they resemble: Turtle Rock (Mongolian: Melkhii Khad) and the Old Man Reading a Book (Praying Lama Rock) which have an interesting ancient legends.
Turtle Rock (Melkhi Khad) is a famous rock formation whose shape resembles a turtle, associated with a legend of the Galdan Boshugtu (1644-1697), Dzungar-Oirat Khan of the Dzungar Khanate, who united the western Mongols in the 15th century. Each year Turtle Rock is visited by thousands of tourists, making it one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Terelj NP.
Ariyabal Buddhist Meditation Temple, is situated on a steep mountain slope in the scenic area of the Terelj NP about 4 km west of Turtle Rock. Ariyabal Temple was built in the shape of an elephant's head. The set of 108 stairs leading up to the temple symbolizes the elephant's elongated trunk. Visitors can meditate and relieve city stress, find much of the teaching to be timeless and smart, reminding to focus on the spiritual life.

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