As the Eifel Tower is for the French, the Statue of Liberty for the Americans and The Great Wall for the Chinese, The Taj Mahal for the Indians; The Chinggis Khan Statue, which was erected in 2008, has become an icon of which Mongolia can be proud.
The world’s largest statue of a rider on a horse standing at 131 feet tall; the Chinggis Khan Statue is located on the historical site of Tsonjin Boldog, approximately 50 kilometers outside Ulaanbaatar.
The honourable statue is surrounded by 36 columns representing the 36 Mongolian Khans. The entire edifice is covered in 250 tonnes of steel. Also, the statue complex gate is decorated with statues of 9 generals of Chinggis Khan.
Visitors ascend to the exhibition hall using an elevator at the back of the horse and then 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.
The 40 meters high steel statue of Mongolia’s Chinggis Khan houses a restaurant, a small art gallery, a meeting room, a large lobby and an observation deck.
In the art gallery you can enjoy selected art works by Mongolian artists with Mongolian historical significance and cultural information. In the restaurant you can enjoy European and Mongolian Cuisine.
The complex was designed by sculptor D. Erdembileg and architect J. Enkhjargal. Construction is currently underway and upon completion the statue will be surrounded by over 200 ger camps designed and arranged like the pattern of horse brand marks that were used by the 13th century Mongol tribes. 10 thousand trees will also be planted.The complex project plans also includes a spa, hotel and golf course reporting to be costing a massive $4.1 million.
The Statue is described as Chinggis Khan holding a golden whip in his hand as mounting his horse. This is the historical place where Temujin (his childhood name) found a golden whip on this hill during his travels to Hereid tribe.
Mongolians hope that this complex will provide a new and distinctive image for the Mongolian tourism industry. The Chinggis Khan Statue is currently the biggest equestrian statue in the world.