By far Mongolia’s most recognizable landmark and one of the world’s largest equestrian statues, the 131-foot-tall (40-meter-tall) Genghis Khan Statue Complex (Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex) towers over the surrounding landscape. Ride the elevator up inside the horse, learn about the Mongols at the museum, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy a snack at the café.
Gain entrance to the Genghis Khan Statue Complex for a moderate fee, with discounts for children, and enjoy sweeping views across the surrounding countryside from the head of the great Khan’s horse. Even if you don’t choose to pose for photos in Mongol-style armor, a Genghis Khan Statue Complex tour is a Mongolian rite of passage. Many travelers visit from Ulaanbaatar, typically on a day trip that also features Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, but most organized tours of Mongolia include a stop here.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a must for photographers, Instagrammers, and history buffs.
- Genghis Khan is a figure of huge importance in Mongolia. Treat his statue with respect.
- The stairs that link the elevator to the horse’s head require good mobility, while the site as a whole is only partly accessible to travelers who use wheelchairs.
How to Get There
The Genghis Khan Statue Complex is located about 34 miles (55 kilometers) east of Ulaanbaatar, along the road to Erdene. Public transport is not a practical option here, and driving in Mongolia is dangerous, so most travelers opt for the convenience of an organized tour with door-to-door round-trip transfers.
When to Get There
Visible for as long as daylight persists, the Genghis Khan Statue Complex is open seven days a week all year round. During summer (mid-May to mid-October), it’s open from morning until well into the evening; in winter, it opens later and closes in the early evening. Try to avoid visiting over the Naadam festival period in mid-July, Mongolia’s busiest season.
Who Was Genghis Khan?
Known to Mongolians as Chinggis Khaan, or simply Chinggis, Genghis Khan (1162–1227) was one of the greatest military leaders in history. Overcoming childhood poverty, he unified the Mongol nation, turned his horse-loving people into a mighty cavalry army, and built the largest contiguous land empire of all time. In Mongolia, everything from beer and vodka to postage stamps bears his name or his image.