The Genghis Khan monument is the largest equestrian statue in the world.
Legend holds that Genghis Khan (1162 - 1227) found the golden whip on the spot where the structure stands, which helped him to kick off the largest land-based empire-building project in history.
The Mongol empire under the successors of Genghis Khan spread from Korea to Hungary incorporating a 10,000 km wide stretch of land. The extent of the empire exceeded 33 million km2.
The unveiling ceremony of the monument took place in September 2008, but the project is not yet complete; it still needs several more years to be finished because it also incorporates a 100-acre park complex, but its construction hasn't been started yet.
The statue's base is 10 m high incorporating a multi-storey building, which houses conference rooms, offices, and restaurants. A Museum, which is located in the basement of the structure provides an overview of Mongolian history.
In the atrium of the monument Genghis Khan's boots and legendary whip are exhibited. There are several elevators and stairs leading up to the top of the statue where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view from a lookout located at the top just behind the mane of the horse.
(Photos: Gögös Norbert - kurultaj.hu – hungarianambiance.com)