The iconic Genghis Khan Square, set in the heart of Ulaanbaatar, serves as a gathering space for travelers and locals alike. Once known as Sukhbaatar Square, its name was changed in 2013 as an homage to Mongolia's most famous ruler. Its central location makes the square an ideal place to begin exploring the city.
Visitors will find a massive statue of Genghis Khan near the entrance to the regal Government Palace, as well as a towering statue of Damdin Sukhbaatar, a fearless man who led the revolution of 1921. In addition to the vast open space that serves as a gathering area for locals, visitors can see the Mongolian Stock Exchange, Blue Sky Tower and the home of the Mongolian ballet from the center of the square.
Travelers who venture to Genghis Khan Square as part of a city tour will learn how this center-city spot served as the site of hunger strikes and political demonstrations in the 1990s.
The square is surrounded by some of Ulaanbaatar's most popular attractions and stately buildings, including the Blue Sky Tower on the south side, the Palace of Culture to the north, and the State Opera and Ballet Theater to the east.