Things to See in Mongolia: Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Travel Attractions 01 FEB 2015

The gigantic steel Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, is a 40 metre tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, situated on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog (54 km east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar).

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According to the legends, this spot is where he is famed for having found his golden whip.

The statue is symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace, and as mentioned above, it sits on top of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, a visitor centre which itself stands 10 metres tall, with 36 columns representing the 36 khans from Genghis to Ligdan Khan.

The statue was completed in 2008, based on the designs of sculptor D. Erdenebileg and architect J. Enkhjargal.

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Visitors walk to the head of the horse through its chest and neck of the horse, where they can have a panoramic view from up high. The main statue area is intended to be surrounded by 200 Ger, yurt camps, designed and arranged like the pattern of the horse brand marks that were used by the 13th century Mongol tribes.

The cost of the complex as a whole is reported to be $4.1 million, spent by The Genco Tour Bureau, a Mongolian company.

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The attached museum has exhibitions relating to the Bronze Age and Xiongnu archaeological cultures in Mongolia, which show everyday utensils, belt buckles, knives, sacred animals, etc. and a second exhibition on the Great Khan period in the 13 and 14th centuries which has ancient tools, goldsmith subjects and some Nestorian crosses and rosaries.

Next to the museum there is a tourist and recreation center, which covers a further 212 ha.

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So in other words, a LOT of proud Mongolian culture to be taken in, all under the survey of this gleaming, colossal warlord!

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genghis_Khan_Equestrian_Statue

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