(And I still hear the voice of my Pakistani freshman dorm neighbor telling us, “No! It’s Jen-GAYS!” Can’t remember now why this came up repeatedly.)
This statue was built by a private company with big, big plans for a resort area an hour outside Ulaanbaatar. The surrounding area has not yet been developed, but there’s model in the museum area below the statue, along with a video that shows the construction of the statue. Mr. Khan is honored in many ways around here: besides the statues in Sukhbaatar Square pictured earlier, there’s also a hotel, a beer, and various other things named after him.
Also featured, somewhat surprisingly, in the museum is this snarky New York Times article about the statue: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/03/world/asia/03genghis.html
We had quite a day out there, but that’s a story for another time. Meanwhile, here he is at dusk: