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Sukhbaatar Square Ulaanbaatar Reviews
Eye to eye with Genghis Aug 20, 2011
Sukhbaatar Square is a large central square that has been named after Damdin Sukhbaatar, who declared Mongolia independent of China in July 1921. In the middle of the square there is a large statue of him on a horse.
In 1990 there were the first demonstrations on this square, which eventually led to the fall of communism in Mongolia. Today the square is used for ceremonies, concerts and an occasional demonstration.
Around the square there are many modern buildings that house banks, the state opera and ballet theatre, the Mongolian stock exchange and some museums, but the most noticeable building is the contemporary government building. It’s entire front is dominated by a huge statue of Genghis Khan that seems to overlook the entire nation from this spot. He is flanked by statues of his two most important predecessors: Ogedei and Kublai. Statues of the two most famous Mongolian warriors, Boruchu and Mukhlai, guard the steps to the monument of Genghis Khan.
The National Museum of Mongolian History (which is a must see!) is just around the corner. With that in mind, and the fact that there are barely any statues of Genghis Khan in Mongolia, this place is well worth a visit.
Part of the Mongolia 2011 travel blog
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