Attractions

Museum in Cholpon-Ata

Nomad Museum

This surprisingly well-curated museum displays artefacts and exhibits on traditional Kyrgyz culture, clothing, and history in an airy space that draws inspiration from the yurt. Separate museum spaces are planned on…
Stadium in Cholpon-Ata

Hippodrome

The large open-air stadium east of the centre is host to occasional concerts and events, but really comes to life every two years as the base for sports competitions during the World Nomad Games festival.
Rock Art in Cholpon-Ata

Petroglyphs

North of the centre is an extensive field of glacial boulders, many with pictures scratched or picked into their surfaces. Some of these petroglyphs date from the Bronze Age (about 1500 BC), but most are Saka-Usun (…
Museum in Cholpon-Ata

Regional Museum

This typical, well-presented museum includes copies of locally found Scythian (Saka) gold jewellery and displays on ethnography, Kyrgyz bards, textiles and underwater archaeology plus a 3D model of Issyk-Köl showing…
Museum in Cholpon-Ata

Rukh Ordo

This curious museum-cum-theme-park depicts Kyrgyz legends, historical characters, and the interplay of five religions in a large and somewhat surreal beachfront complex. The setting is quite attractive, though witho…
Ferris Wheel in Cholpon-Ata

Ferris Wheel

Kyrgyzstan's largest Ferris wheel, where the sixteen-minute ride gives plenty of time to admire the lake- and mountainscapes surrounding the town of Bosteri (around 10km east of Cholpon-Ata). It's on the waterfront …