Chinggis Khaan statue Complex. Chingis Khan statue Complex.
SIGHTS OF INTEREST IN MONGOLIA
CHINGGIS KHAAN STATUE COMPLEX
The world's largest statue of a rider on a horse erected in Mongolia was
unveiled at the end of September. This statue, showing Chinggis Khaan
(1162-1227) with a golden whip in his right hand gazing into the distance, has
been erected at the Tsonjin Boldog site connected to many historic events in the
territory of Erdene soum in Tov aimag, 54 km from Ulaanbaatar.
Here, Temujin (Chinggis Khaan's childhood name) becoming the great Khaan who
conquered half the world after overcoming difficulties in his childhood when he
lost his father, found a whip on the way back from Khereid's Toiril Khaan, where
he had gone to ask for help when Mergid had captured his wife in 1117. Finding a
whip is perceived by Mongolians as a good omen. Therefore, finding the whip,
Chinggis Khan became greedy seeing it as a path being opened to the great cause.
The haughty and yet honorable statue is surrounded by 36 columns representing
36 Mongolian Khaans. The entire edifice is covered in 250 tonne of steel.
Visitors will ascend to the exhibition hall using an elevator at the back of the
horse and will walk to the horse's head passing through its chest and the back
of its neck from where they will have an excellent panoramic view over the
complex area and the scenery beyond. Within the complex area covering 212 ha,
13th Century living will brought to life for today's modern people. The statue
is also surrounded by over 200 ger camps and examples of tribes' lifestyles with
trading using coins from the 13th Century. Construction of the whole complex is
to be completed in 2010, with a spa, hotel and golf course currently underway.
As the Eifel Tower is for the French, the Statue of Liberty for the
Americans, the Great Wall for the Chinese, and the Taj Mahal for the Indians,
the project initiators wish to turn the Chinggis Khaan statue into an icon of
which Mongolia can be proud. Mongolians hope that this complex will provide a
new and distinctive image for the Mongolian tourism industry.
- Project of Chingis Khaan Statue Complex
- 100.000 trees planting project, photo opportunities
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