Karaganda attractions

Top Choice Museum in Karaganda

KarLag Museum

Housed in the old KarLag headquarters building, this poignant museum walks you through KarLag's role in the Soviet Gulag Archipelago. The repression of Kazakh 'kulaks', the post-1917-Revolution Red Terror, the man-m…
Museum in Karaganda

Karaganda Ecological Museum

The Karaganda Ecological Museum, run by a dedicated, campaigning environmental NGO, is aimed at local schoolchildren and is the most imaginative museum in the country. Everything can be touched, and this includes la…
Memorial in Karaganda


One of Kazakhstan's biggest Gulag memorials, 35km south of Karaganda on the Almaty highway, Spassk was the site of a KarLag camp where foreign prisoners of war were kept after WWII. Beside the highway is the mass gr…
Memorial in Karaganda

Lenin Statue

A little out of the way, but worth seeking out if you're into your Soviet memorials, this large statue depicts Lenin rising upwards from a block of granite. The statue was moved to its present location in front of t…
Memorial in Karaganda

Nurken Abdirov

This dramatic memorial portrays a young Kazakh pilot, Nurken Abdirov – a Hero of the Soviet Union – defiantly gripping the steering of his plane as he guides it down. In the Battle of Stalingrad, in 1943, Abdirov an…
Monument in Karaganda

Yuri Gagarin Monument

This heroic-looking statue of Yury Gagarin, first man in space, was erected in 2014 on what would have been Gagarin's 80th birthday to commemorate his landing in the steppe near Karaganda. A gleaming rocket behind h…
Memorial in Karaganda

Coal Miners

This Socialist Realist statue of two proud coal miners raising a huge block of coal over their heads is the symbol of Karaganda, the town that coal built.
Museum in Karaganda

Karaganda Oblast Museum

Displays at this regional museum run the gamut from stuffed local wildlife and a model of an Iron Age kurgan (burial mound) to letters from Middle Horde Kazakhs, offering their vassalship to the Russian Empire, and …
Park in Karaganda

Central Park

The leafy Central Park stretches over 2km from north to south, with a large lake at its heart. Its main entrance is off the west side of mid–Bukhar Zhyrau.