The World's Strangest Monuments
Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Tsonjin Boldog, Mongolia
What It Commemorates: The infamous founder of the Mongolian Empire, known
locally as Chinggis Khaan.
What Makes It Strange: The 131-foot-tall, 250-ton stainless steel statue,
unveiled in 2008 and located an hour’s drive from Ulaanbaatar, is the world’s largest
equestrian statue. Visitors can take an elevator to the viewing deck on the horse’s head and
look out on the expansive Mongolian steppe. Until 20 years ago, Mongolia’s Communist
government banned any celebration of the military leader, but in a surge of nationalism, Mongols
have slapped his image and name on everything from an airport to a university and bottles of vodka.
The statue is part of a planned theme park featuring nomadic lodging and restaurants serving