Mongolia (N/A) – Birthplace and Burial Place of Genghis Khan
Burkhan Khaldun is the most sacred mountain in Mongolia, and one of the most revered in East Asia that doesn’t have to do with one of the major eastern religions. According to tradition, Burkhan Khaldun was the birthplace of the founder of the Mongol Empire, Ghengis Khan. It also believed to be the site of his burial, though the exact location of the latter is unknown.
Some time in the 1160s, one Temujin was born in a yurt amid the grassy hills of the Khentii Mountains. Later known as Ghengis, from these extremely humble beginnings on Burkhan Khaldun an empire was founded that would later encompass more than half of Eurasia. Though the Mongol Empire is long gone, the memory lingers proudly among the residents of modern day Mongolia.
Burkhan Khaldun is one of the most important historic sites in Mongolia. The site of the khan’s birthplace is marked by a makeshift stone monument. It is part of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, a carefully preserved park. Because of this, and because it is nearly 150 miles from the nearest city of Ulaanbaatar, and there are no roads to the Khentii area, the mountain is extremely unvisited and a treasure for both nature lovers and history seekers.