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Day 160 - A Touch of Mongolian Culture: Visiting a Horse Memorial and Mingling with Locals

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Day 160 (10 June 2023) - Arvaikheer, Uvurkhangai to Bayankhongor, Mongolia

 

DAY 160 (10 JUNE 2023) – I stayed at a hotel in Arvaikheer, one of the most central cities in Mongolia and the capital of Uvurkhangai. Arvaikheer, is a shortened name of a famous horse called ‘Arvagarkheer’. It was considered the fastest horse in a very important race back in the 18th century.


I visited the horse memorial monument called ‘Morin Tolgoi’ in Arvaikheer, which was built not too long ago. The monument, has several horse statues with 108 stupas.


Horses are a huge part of Mongolian culture since the Mongolian horse is a native breed that has existed since the time of Genghis Khan! They played a huge part in supporting the 13th century conquest of the Mongol Empire! There are apparently more than 3 million horses living freely in the beautiful outdoors - much more than the country’s population! In fact, I have come across a few myself while riding on the highway!


Later, I had my lunch at a small restaurant nearby and met some friendly locals.


I had noodles with mutton soup – been having a lot of mutton since I arrived in Mongolia! I then left for a 220 km ride to Bayankhongor.


 

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DAY 160 - ARVAIKHEER, UVURKHANGAI TO BAYANKHONGOR, MONGOLIA




 

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