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SIGHTS OF INTEREST IN MONGOLIA
Beatles Honored in Ulaanbaatar
...Listening to their songs made us aware of the dictatorship society we
lived in. The Beatles had a large role in bringing democracy to Mongolia.' said
a '40 Myangat' resident, one of Mongolian democracy's golden swallows, MP
E.Bat-Uul, at the inauguration ceremony.
The legendary 'Beatles' group carrying a message of freedom, not only to
Mongolia's youth, but to the whole world, has been widely 'welcomed' by
Mongolians. On October 9, 2008, a monument to the famous Liverpool stars was
inaugurated on the square fronting the State Department Store.
The monument's image of a young Mongolian man playing a guitar represents all
Mongolian youth from the 1960-1970s, imitating the Beatles and singing their
songs. Young Mongolians from this residential district, known as '40 Myangat',
swapped Beatles' records, tasted freedom, learning much from the legendary four,
and adopted what the Beatles espoused even in their closed society.
In the 60s and 70s of the last century, the Beatles' 'Yesterday' and 'Hey
Jude' sounded in remote African villages, the Sahara Desert and even Mongolia
broke its ideological ties that seemed to conquer the whole world. Even so, only
a few countries erected monuments to the Beatles. By inaugurating the
Ulaanbaatar monument on John Lennon's birthday, Mongolians showed themselves to
be true Beatles fans, setting an example for Asian youth.
The only Beatles monument in Latin America was dedicated to John Lennon in
Havana, Cuba during the 1980s, being erected at that time by one of Cuba's
prominent leaders to a great western revolutionary figure of that era.
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