Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Geopiece of the Day: I like big busts and I cannot lie

On the bank of the Tuul River, east of the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar a 40m tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback rises on the steppes the ancestral grounds of the Mongolian horde. The statue is hollow in the center and visitors can make their way to the head of the horse through its chest and neck. From the very top of the horse tourists can enjoy a panoramic view. 

The main statue area will be surrounded by 200 Ger, yurt camps, designed and arranged like the pattern of the horse brand marks that were used by the 13th century Mongol tribes. The Ger camps are an integral part of the Mongolian society since the times of Genghis Khan and large living quarters of yurts still survive to this day in major towns of the area. Some of these are over 100 years old.

The piece of the world is still available on Geopieces and can be had just for a sign up.

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