The legendary city of Dadal Sum, in Khentii province, is the birthplace of the legendary Genghis Khan, and is located 254 kilometers north-west of Undurkhaan in a beautiful woodland location. Dadal is a lovely location with lakes, rivers, forests, and traditional Buryat log cabins. To the north, the border with Siberia is only approximately 20 kilometers.
Near the Dadal sum center, there are a few sights to see (sometimes called Bayan Ovoo). Genghis Khan is claimed to have drunk from Khajuu Bulag, a little spring in the heart of the forest near the Bayan River. Deluun Boldog, a little east of this spring, is considered the birthplace of Temujin (childhood name of Genghis Khan). The hill is crowned with a stone monument constructed in 1990 to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the publication of “The Secret History of the Mongols,” a 13th-century chronicle of the empire.
The scenery and trekking in the valleys and woodlands are spectacular.
The Onon-Balj National Park, which stretches north from Dadal village toward Russia, has excellent camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Dadal previously held one of the country’s 33 main Lamaist temples dedicated to Genghis Khan. In 1936-37, the temple was completely demolished. The monks returned in June 1990 and performed the rites related to Mount Bayan-Ovoo, located west of the museum, and a second peak, believed to be Burhan Khaldun.