Chinggis Khaan Obelisk


This not-so-subtle, enormous wedge-shaped white rock was placed in the middle of a ger camp in 1962 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Chinggis’ birth. This was at the height of the communist era, when Chinggis was officially viewed as a reactionary, but somehow the monument was allowed to stand.

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1. Deluun Boldog

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In a boundary zone of steppe and taiga some 3.5km north of Dadal village, you'll find a grouping of rounded hills and shallow gullies intercut with clear…

2. Museum of Temujin's Childhood

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3. Khajuu Bulag

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4. Stupa Memorial

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5. Gate into Dadal

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