In every city around the world there is a certain elevated place people love visiting to get the best city views. Zaisan is that kind of place. Here, local citizens as well as guests can gaze at colorfully beaming sunsets and the lively city as if it is in the palm of their hand. The Zaisan Memorial Complex located in the southern part of the city has a Soviet army memorial on its top. The complex was built between 1971 and 1979, in honor of fallen Soviet soldiers who fought valiantly in the Khalkh Gol battle of World War II. Downhill to the west of Zaisan lays Buddha Park, and there stands a 24 meter high Buddha monument. Here are prayer wheels and bells to call out to the gods of heaven and earth, with the bell symbolizing peace and unity.
Chinggis Khaan was not a conqueror who took over the world, but a man of honor who united all the Mongolians who were scattered, strengthened the nomadic state, brought law and order, implemented cultural and economical reforms, and set the beginning of the great rise of Mongolians. Mongolians revere his wisdom rather than his conquests. Nowadays, you can see many tributes to Chinggis Khaan, a man of the millennium, in Ulaanbaatar.
Chinggis Khaan Equestrian Statue Complex is located at the historical site of Tsonjin Boldog, 54 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar. The complex consists of an art gallery, theater, restaurants, souvenir shops and more. The tallest equestrian statue in the world, Mongolia’s record breaker is made of 250 tons of stainless steel and stands 40 meters tall, including its base. You can see the landscape surrounding the complex by going up in an elevator located in the horse’s tail, crossing its chest, and finally stepping out onto the viewing platform on the neck of the horse. The complex is a favorite destination for Ulaanbaatar residents to spend their leisure time, and popular and for travelers coming to the city. It’s the most frequently photographed site by tourists in Mongolia.