Shymkent attractions

Top Choice Museum in Shymkent

Museum of Victims of Political Repression

This small museum documents Soviet oppression in Kazakhstan, from the dekulakisation (Soviet campaign of political repression from 1929 to 1932) and Stalinist repressions of the 1930s to the victims of Zheltoksan in…
Museum in Shymkent

Regional Museum of Southern Kazakhstan

In its shiny new quarters on the northern outskirts of the city, this regional museum has well-presented, trilingual displays on local geology, Iron Age burial mounds (check out the human bones buried in a large cla…
Park in Shymkent

Tauelsizdik sayabagy

Tauelsizdik sayabagy, accessed by footbridge from the tall, Mother Earth–topped Independence Monument, was inaugurated in 2011 for the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence. It focuses on Ramizder alany (Sym…
Memorial in Shymkent

Alleya Slavy

In Abay Park, two tall concrete pillars lean on each other above an eternal flame, and the alley is lined with plaques bearing the names of the more than 140,000 people from the south Kazakhstan region who lost thei…
Market in Shymkent

Bazar Samal

Of several new markets around the city fringes, Bazar Samal, next to Samal bus station, is the biggest and most interesting, with a particularly colourful array of rugs and textiles, as well as food and millions of …
Market in Shymkent

Central or Upper Bazaar

The central bazaar is now somewhat diminished after the conversion of its outlying sprawl into parks and the removal of many traders to markets on the city's outskirts, but it still bustles and is a reminder of Shym…
Monument in Shymkent

Altyn Shanyrak

The tall Altyn Shanyrak monument in the middle of Independence Park – a sort of tall, metallic funnel – represents the central roof opening of a yurt.
Monument in Shymkent

Independence Monument

This monument consists of a tall, red granite column topped with the figure of Mother Earth.
Notable Building in Shymkent

Wedding Palace

The squat, blue-domed Wedding Palace is a useful landmark.