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AKIPRESS.COM - 40 meter steel statue of the Mongol warrior Genghis Khan was visited by hundreds of tourists on the anniversary of his death 800 years ago on August 18.
The statue of the warrior, who built the second-biggest empire in history, is wrapped in 250 tons of gleaming stainless steel and symbolically pointed east towards his birthplace, Daily Mail reports.
Inside the two-story base of the statue, visitors can see a replica of Genghis Khan’s legendary golden whip, sample traditional cuisine of horse meat and potatoes, or play billiards.
The Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Museum is on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog, east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.
Genghis Khan is known as the warrior who conquered half the known world in the 13th century and is remembered for his brutalities and destruction that he brought upon the conquered regions resulting in the death of 40million people. To Mongolians, he is a national hero, a larger-than-life figure and the symbol of Mongolian culture.
Khan founded the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history, revived the Silk Road, uniting warring tribes and was responsible for cementing the position of Mongols in the world’s map.