Just over thirty miles east of the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator the old Emperor rides again. Sat atop his horse, surveying his dominion. A huge 131 feet(!) statue of Genghis Khan dominates the steppes of Mongolia.
To the outside world, Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior who conquered half the known world in the 13th century, is remembered for his brutalities and destruction. Resulting in the death of forty million people. But to Mongolians, he is a national hero, a larger-than-life figure and the symbol of Mongolian culture.
Genghis 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.