Market in Karakol

Karakol Animal Market

Early on Sunday mornings one of Kyrgyzstan's biggest animal markets takes place around 2km north of central Karakol. Typical of such markets, you'll observe scenes at once sad and comical, with locals improbably bun…
Church in Karakol

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Set peacefully amid trees, this hefty wooden structure is topped with green roofed towers and almost-golden onion domes. The 1872 stone original was destroyed by an 1890 earthquake. Built on the same foundations a n…
Museum in Karakol

Regional Museum

Occupying an archetypal 1887 Russian house, this museum has a few Scythian bronze artefacts, local tools and musical instruments, and the recreated interior of a century-old home. Taxidermists' victims share a room …
Museum in Karakol

Przhevalsky Garden

To overlook the Pristan area (though not the beach) it is worth stopping around 1km before the port and observing the scene from the shrine-like Przhevalsky memorial garden. Other than the minor curiosity of the vie…
Zoo in Karakol

Karakol Zoo

The small local zoo is a shady spot whose inmates range from farmyard animals to llamas, with a fair selection of locally endangered fauna, including bears, wolves, bobcats and most notably, Przewalski Horses. Some …
Islamic in Karakol

Dungan Mosque

A tip-tilted triple roof, carved-layered eaves and wooden exterior pillars give this colourful 1910 mosque the look of a Mongolian Buddhist temple. Remarkably it survived the early Bolshevik era, which saw the town'…
Notable Building in Karakol

Colonial Buildings

The older part of town sprawls southwest from the cathedral with numerous simple but archetypal ‘gingerbread’ timber houses. A few are comparatively grand former homes of Russian merchants and industrialists, inclu…
Notable Building in Karakol

Merchant's Home

Notable Building in Karakol

Radio & TV Office