Monday, February 18, 2008

Genghis Khan and 430,000 crystal mosaic tiles

I'm intrigued to see that an enormous portrait of Genghis Khan is being erected at Ulan Bator International Airport thanks to 'several members of the Taipei Rotary Club'. 

Meanwhile, on a much more serious note, the Mongolian winter seems to be as harsh as ever


1. Susan said...

It seems Genghis Khan is a popular figure at airports! First he has an airport named after him, then he has a portrait made of him at another airport. I have to say I find this kind of hero worship odd.

2. Michael Walters said...

Thanks for the comment, Susan. It is a bit odd, though Genghis Khan's image in Mongolia in rather different from the way he's perceived in the West - he's very much a symbol of Mongolian independence and nationhood. I'm generally a bit bemused by the notion of naming airports after famous figures. I was always amused by the slogan of Liverpool John Lennon Airport ('Above us only sky'). And as a Nottinghamian by birth, I'm not entirely happy with Doncaster appropriating Robin Hood...

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