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Introducing Barskoön & Tamga

Barskoön village was an army staging point in the days of Soviet–Chinese border skirmishes, and the small adjacent settlement of Tamga is built around a former military sanatorium, now open year-round to all. Today Barskoön is all Kyrgyz, with more horses than cars; Tamga is mainly Russian.

The area’s most illustrious resident was the 11th-century Mahmud al-Kashgari, the author of the first-ever comparative dictionary of Turkic languages, Divan Lughat at-Turk (A Glossary of Turkish Dialects), written in Baghdad during 1072–74.