The Zaisan memorial

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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bensonryan bensonry…
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Worth the hike Oct 07, 2014
Zaisan Memorial is located south of the capital Ulaanbaatar past the Tuul River. It is located on a hill where visitors can view after a 300 step incline. After a somewhat strenuous journey uphill, the memorial definitely holds a pretty nifty view overlooking the downtown area.

The walk outside the city was exhausting but I visited for the love of sightseeing and due to my lack of knowledge of the Mongolian transportation system. I was pretty impressed with the mosaic on the inner circle depicting the history of Mongolia and the country's relationship with the U.S.S.R. and their struggle against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

I didn't quite agree with the seeming Soviet propaganda the memorial was trying to promote but it was worth the hike outside the capital city. Zaisan isn't probably the most ideal attraction as it is a bit out of the way but I'm glad I was able to capture a little history. I was fortunate enough to run into ran into an English speaker which is a rarity in this part of the world. She helped to translate the history of each historical depiction. A solid recommend nonetheless. It is said that a night time transit up the memorial is also rewarding and further recommended.
Yes, it was that far of a hike.
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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Provides a nice view over the city Aug 21, 2011
This modern memorial has been built by the Russians on the highest point of the city to remember unknown fallen soldiers and heroes from several wars.

In order to get there you have to climb a 150 steps. You then arrive at a colourful mosaic that has been built in a large circle, which is part of the monument. It appears there are mostly Russians depicted in the mosaic, with an apparent Mongolian woman who makes some sort of a peace gesture to the Russians. I don’t get the point of the monument when I was there, but I did get the feeling that this monument is more dedicated to the Russians than the Mongolians.

It is nonetheless a place where lots of families like spend their Sunday, we also heard that in the evening a lot of youngsters like to hang out here.

Standing at the monument you can see large parts of the city from a birds-eye perspective. There are typical grey Soviet apartment buildings, worn out houses and gers that are all thrown together randomly. Next to that the entire city is one large building site, where countless modern and luxurious apartment buildings are in several phases of construction. The combination of all this is quite bizarre to look at, this is a city that seems to be trying to catch up with modern times way too fast.
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