"Ulaanbaatar - Sukhbaatar Square" Mongolia Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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  Looking south from the Parliament building
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  • Looking south from the Parliament building - Mongolia
      Looking south from the Parliament building
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  • Ulaanbaatar - Sukhbaatar Square - Mongolia
  • Parliament building - Mongolia
      Parliament building
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  • National Ballet and Opera Theatre - Mongolia
      National Ballet and Opera Theatre
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  • Central Cultural Palace - Mongolia
      Central Cultural Palace
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In July 1921 in the centre of Ulaanbaatar, the 'hero of the revolution', Damdin Sukhbaatar, declared Mongolia's final independence from the Chinese. This Square, lying right in the centre of the city, now bears his name and features a statue of him astride his horse. Today, the Square is occasionally used for rallies, ceremonies and even rock concerts, but is generally a serene place for taking lots of photos of the buildings that border it. As you face North from the statue, the large grey building is the State Parliament House, commonly known as Government House - which, like every ger, was built to face south. Directly in front of it is a mausoleum, built in 1921, which contains the remains of Sukhbaatar. In front of the Parliament House is a seated bronze Genghis Khan Statue, lording it over his nation. He is flanked by Ogedei (on the west) and Kublai (east). Other buildings include the Cultural Palace and National Ballet and Opera Theatre on the eastern side and the Mongolian Stock Exchange and the Golomt Bank. A new high-rise modern glass building was being built on the southern side when I was there and is a useful landmark.

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  • Written Sep 27, 2008
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