Behold the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, the world’s tallest equestrian metalwork, standing proudly at 130 feet! Situated on the banks of the Tuul River, it’s not only a tribute to the great Khan, but also marks the spot where he is said to have found a glittering golden whip. Facing his birthplace, the statue sits atop a visitor centre that’s basically a shout-out to 35 other Khans. There’s a museum nearby that displays from Bronze Age relics to the bling of the Great Khan era. More than just a statue, it’s a metallic ode to Mongolia’s rich past!
It’s still early morning, just 8 am. On the way from the airport, Chegi and I discuss and decide to continue our trip to the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue. This monument stands amidst grassy fields, about 50 kilometers east of the capital, near the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The journey probably takes around an hour. I purchase tickets for both Chegi and myself. We first explore the museum, then take the elevator up to the horse’s neck and later its head. While the panoramic views are breathtaking, it’s the statue that truly captures our attention. Up close, its grandeur is even more evident. After our balcony visit, we delve into the expositions on the lower levels.
The day kicks off in Vilnius, followed by a quick pit stop in Istanbul and a speedy glimpse of Ulaanbaatar. Then there’s the casual gawking at the world’s largest Equestrian Statue of Genghis Khan. I tick that off the to-do list. With plenty of daylight left, I set out to play tourist in the Mongolian capital for the rest of the day. I hope they have good ice cream! (Spoiler: they do.). Tommorow – unplanned hike to Tsetseegün Uul.