Mongolia Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar: The Places and The Faces

The Mongolian People’s Republic

August 13, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

Sükhbaatar Square is perhaps the most attractive spot in this capital city (pop. 1,100,000). The government palace sits at the head of the square.  Under the eaves of the palace entrance, a seated Genghis Khan (1162 – 1227) presides over the square grounds.  Damdin Sükhbaatar, the leader of the 1921 revolt, sits on his horse in front of the palace. A phalanx of warrior horsemen attends the hero of this republic.  (cf. Chinggis Khaan International Airport.)

The enormous open space of the square is surrounded on three sides by a variety of attractive, pastel government buildings, theaters and banks.