Attractions

Buddhist Temple in Elista

Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni

The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni, also called the New Khurul, was built in 2005 in the Tibetan style. The prayer hall sports an 11m-high statue of Buddha and the monk’s robe of the 14th Dalai Lama. Downstairs a…
Buddhist Pagoda in Elista

Pagoda of Seven Days

This beautiful, bright-red temple stands on the city's main intersection and is usually the first sign for visitors that Elista is not your typical Russian city. The temple has seven layers, prayer wheels and a foun…
Museum in Elista

National Museum of the Republic of Kalmykia

The modern building of the National Museum, about 2km west of the centre, has eight large rooms covering the history, environment and culture of the Kalmyk people and republic. One room deals with the deportations d…
Park in Elista

Alley of Heroes

This pleasant park stretches along a narrow ravine in the centre of the city and serves as the main promenade. It also has Elista’s largest concentration of sculptures and Buddhist architecture. The park runs west f…
Area in Elista

Chess City

Fans of chess will want to visit a small suburb that Kalmyk leader Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had hoped to make the world's chess capital. There's a nearly abandoned steel-and-glass 'Chess City Hall' here that played host t…
Buddhist Temple in Elista

Geden Sheddup Goichorling

Geden Sheddup Goichorling, 6km north of the centre, is the oldest khurul in Kalmykia and consists of a lavishly decorated large temple from 1996 and a small temple behind it containing the throne of the Dalai Lama, …
Monument in Elista

Exodus & Return Memorial

The striking Exodus & Return Memorial is located about 3km east of the centre on the far end of ul Khrushcheva. The work, by sculptor Ernst Neizvestny, marks the tragic, WWII-era deportation of the Kalmyk people…