When bad art and bad politics meet.Foreign Policy - The World’s Ugliest Statues No.8
Khan!!! Much of the world thinks of Genghis Khan as a brutal conqueror whose empire stretched across most of Asia by the early 13th century, but in Mongolia, he's seen as a national hero and a lucrative tourist draw. Everything from airports and hotels to cigarettes and vodka bear his name, but Mongolia's most extreme instance of Genghis worship may be the 131-foot equestrian statue overlooking the steppes about an hour from Ulan Bator, the capital city. The statue is wrapped in 250 tons of stainless steel, and visitors can take an elevator to the top of the horse's head. Genghis himself would probably be proud.