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All reviews small museum silk road an hour worth a visit great view historical place day trip souvenir shop stunning scenery small entrance fee a unesco world heritage site two hours on site coming down ancient building tower city
The mystery of the Burana Tower...Do climb up the stairs to the top and make sure count the steps. “The number of steps you counted as you go up compared to the number you counted as you go down, shall not be the same...” We...More
How wonderful to see this ancient tower which has stood for hundreds of years. It has been beautifully restored and commands great views ( I understand, as I didn't venture to the top). Great carved stones & museum in the grounds as well.
This tower is just an amazing place which is still standing and if you have the time go up the tower but not if there are a lot of people as you will get stuck coming down. The surrounds are great with the out door...More
As you enter this place, you will really feel that it’s filled with historical matters. The tower texture when u look close to ot is really creative and amazing. This tower used to be a minaret or light house years ago. Around the place, you...More
We stopped here as part of our tour to rural Bishkek. The tower has been reconditioned and is the focal point of most visitors. Many of us climbed the outside metal stairway that gives access to the doorway. Here we heard a call from above...More
The Burana Tower complex is around 1 hour 30 mins from Bishkek and I would recommend a half days visit – or if you are heading east from Bishkek to another destination.
The tower itself was much bigger in its heyday, but there is still...More
Not much to see here, there is of course a tower, and you can climb to the top for a view. The stairs are steep and dark. Bring a torch.
A few other bits and bobs (the gravestones good to see) also a very small...More
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Hi John, the 'stone statues of people' are called 'bal-bals' (singular - bal-bal, or kurgan). They are the grave stones for honourable people of nomadic Turks. The collection of bal-bals at Burana complex dates from 6th... More
Hi John, the 'stone statues of people' are called 'bal-bals' (singular - bal-bal, or kurgan). They are the grave stones for honourable people of nomadic Turks. The collection of bal-bals at Burana complex dates from 6th century. The idea is that a tombstone looks like a person who has died and often they were revered by future generations as symbols of ancestors. Nevertheless, these gravestones were produced by the some of greatest artisans of their time and are remarkably well preserved.
Burana's collection of balbals was collected from Chui valley (Kyrgyzstan) and some parts of southern Kazakhstan.