Oak Park in Bishkek

Oak Park – Open Air Sculpture Museum / Дубовый Парк – Музей скульптури под открытым небом Абдумомунова, между Раззакова и Тыныстанова Open all hours The other day on a run, I got lost. Normally, getting a...

Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan

Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan / Cоюз пешеходного туризма Кыргызстана Website: tuk.kg Location: Kiev Street 168 Phone: 0556 10 19 33 Email: trek@elcat.kg Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9-5pm, Thursday: 9-7pm, Saturday: 10-12pm (equipment rentals only) When...

Honey Market – Kyrgyz Museum of Fine Arts in Bishkek

Honey Market Kyrgyz Museum of Fine Arts 196. Советская Museum hours are 10:00-13:00 or 14:00-18:00 depending on the day. The honey market is a seasonal event. It doesn’t run all day, usually starting late morning...

Rock Bar Zeppelin in Bishkek

Рок-Бар Цеппелин/ Rock Bar Zeppelin http://vk.com/rock.bar.zeppelin 43 пр. Чуй doors open usually 2-3 hours before set starts, in my case 8:30, and go on until set is finished entrance fee less than $5 I will...

The Ala Too Cinema in Bishkek

Ала Тоо Кинотеатр/Ala Too Cinema Cinematica.kg 187 пр. Чуй hours depend on movie times, usually starting in the early afternoon and finishing in the late evening Movies for less than $5 Hello, and welcome to...

Osh Bazaar in Bishkek

Ош Базары/Ошский Базар/Osh Bazaar No street address; 3 km west of city center on пр. Чуй Most stalls open from sun up to sun down No entrance fee Today I decided that I needed to...

An Oral Account of Yurt Making in Kyzyl-Too, Kyrgyzstan

Text By: Gabrielle Randall, SRAS Graduate Russian as a Second Language, Bishkek, Fall 2012 NGO, Cultural Internship, Bishkek, Spring 2013 Information Translated By: Gabrielle Randall; Nurzat Beishembaeyva; and Elnura Kairbekova Pictures Taken By: Gabrielle Randall;...

Buying Eyeglasses in Bishkek

Ossé Optical Shop Address: Toktogula 86 (corner of Toktogula and Sovietskaya) Phone: +996-312-662-763 Today I have become four-eyed. I bought eyeglasses in Bishkek. It was on my list of things to do before heading home...

Restaurant 134 and “Succulent Dog” in Bishkek

Restaurant 134 Address: Southeast corner of Axunbaeva and Yunusalieva (formerly Karl Marx St.) Hours: 9:00am-11:00pm Prices: Dog stirfy = 150 som ($3.13), dog soup = 120 som ($2.50) It is well known that there is...

Restaurant Hawaii in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

One of the most bizarre restaurants I have ever been to in Kyrgyzstan is called “Restaurant Hawaii,” a dining destination outside of Bishkek in a small town called Tokmok. For most people, this restaurant is...

What Bishkek Eats for Ramadan

Well, Bishkek, it’s the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting from sunrise to sunset. This year, the holy month starts July 9th, coinciding with watermelon season in Kyrgyzstan. Ramadan also coincides with the...

Weekend in Bokunbaeva, Kyrgyzstan

The best parts of Kyrgyzstan summers are weekend getaways to Lake Issyk Kul, one of the world’s deepest and highest lakes. Issyk Kul, which means “hot lake” in Kyrgyz, is the ultimate beach destination. It’s...

Fortune Telling in Bishkek

Recently, a colleague and I went to a yasnovidyashi, a Kyrgyz fortuneteller (the name actually translates to “Clear Seer”), for the first time. Why? We’ve never done it before, we were looking for a new...

Interview with Patriotic Music Professor in Bishkek

If you want to better understand a country’s government, study its culture. (Если хочешь ближе узнать историю государства, изучай его культурe.) In that spirit, I sat down with one of Kyrgyzstan’s top experts on the...

Banya in Bishkek

Zhirgal Banya Hours of Operation: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9am-11pm, Wed: 12pm-11pm, Fri: 7am-11pm, Sat, Sun: 7am-11pm Address: Corner of Ibraimov and Toktogul Price: Adults: 250 Som, Kids (1-12 years old): 150 Som Desperate times call...

Up Close and Personal with a Manaschi

A Performance and Interview with Nazarkyl Seydrakmanov This past week, SRAS students met with one of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous manaschis, Nazarkyl Seydrakmanov. Manaschis are Kyrgyz professional storytellers of the Manas epic poem, the longest epic...

Seven Things to Love in Almaty

Seven Things to Love in Almaty By Eirene Busa For those looking for a spring weekend getaway in Central Asia (and who isn’t?), book a trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city and previous capital. Almaty...

Mad for Manas in Talas

Manas Ordo Address: 10km east of Talas, at the foot of the Manastyn-Chokusu Mountain, on the bank of the Kenkol mountain river Price: Adults – 20 som; Children – 5 som, Guided Tour – 300...

“Swimming on Land” in Bishkek

Nil Cafe Address: Corner of Shopukova and Zhibekzholu (Behind the Bishkek Circus) Dancing Hours: 10:30pm-5:00am Cover Charge: Sunday-Thursdays: Free, Friday-Saturday: 100 som This past weekend, I went to one of my favorite weekend haunts, a...

Przhevalskii Museum near Karakol

Przhevalskii Museum Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Price: Students – 40 som; Foreigners – 70 som Address: On the road to Pristan Przhevalsk and Mikhailovka Ever since I arrived in Kyrgyzstan, I have been told to go to...

Top Ten Reasons Americans Should Visit Turkmenistan

This past week, I took a break from Kyrgyzstan and spent a few days traveling through Turkmenistan, visiting the cities of Ashgabad, Mary, Merv, Geok-Tepe, and Turkmenabad. This trip was arranged by The School of...

Kyrgyz Film Showing at Cosmopark Theater in Bishkek

Kyrgyz Film Showing at Cosmopark Movie Theater in Bishkek Director and Producer: Ruslan Akun Release Date: February 14, 2013 Genre: Social Drama, Comedy Cost of Movie Ticket: 130 som For those still nursing roses (or...

Circus in Bishkek

“Moscow Oceanarium” / Московский Океариум January 26-February 17, 2013 Saturday and Sundays, 12:00pm and 4:00pm Price: 500 som – 700 som http://circus.312.kg/ On Sunday afternoon, my London School colleagues and I caught the last day...

Chinese-Kyrgyz Photography Exhibit in Bishkek

Песнь о земле. Китай. / Song of the Earth. China. С 4 фебрвля до 14 фебрвля Зал Союза художников КР им. С. Чуйкова “Добрый Парк” http://confederation-art.ru Cost: Free Hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm, Monday: Closed For...

National History Museum in Bishkek

National Historical Museum in Bishkek Ala-Too Square Entrance Fee: 75 soms ($1.50) for one person One of the best places to visit first in Bishkek is the History Museum in Ala-Too Square. A tour of...