Darkhan-Uul (= Sacred Mountain) aimag is located in the north of the country. The city of Darkhan was founded on 17 October 1961, as a second industrial centre to reduce the migration pressure on the capital Ulaanbaatar and is now Mongolia's third largest town. The aimag's area is 3,275 km² with a population of around 92,000.
There is an "Old Town" with large Soviet style apartment buildings and a "New Town" in the south with most shops, hotels and restaurants. Near a roundabout between the two parts of Darkhan is a large seated Buddha statue and a monument depicting a man on horseback, playing a "Morin Khuur", the traditional horse head fiddle; a pedestrian bridge connects the two. On the hill are an ovoo, a type of shamanistic cairn made from rocks and shamanistic poles, blue "khadag" scarves symbolising the open sky and the sky spirit Tengger (Tengri) tied to them, overlooking both sides of the town.