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Top Choice Museum in Kyzyl

National Museum

One of Tuva’s ‘must sees’, the National Museum’s huge modern home contains the usual arrangements of stuffed animals, WWII artefacts and dusty minerals, as well as more impressive halls dedicated to shamanism, Buddh…
Arts Centre in Kyzyl

Centre for Tuvan Culture

The attractive two-storey timber building of the Centre for Tuvan Culture was founded in 2012 by legendary Tuvan musician Kongar-ool Ondar who was its first director until his untimely death in 2013. The government-…
Monument in Kyzyl

Centre of Asia Monument

If you take a map of the world, cut out Asia and balance the continent on a pin, the centre of gravity would be Kyzyl. Well, only if you’ve used the utterly obscure Gall’s stereographic projection. However, that doe…
Fast Food in Kyzyl

Vostorg

Perched above a supermarket of the same name, Kyzyl’s best cheap eat is a plasticky no-frills self-service cafeteria where cash-strapped students and office workers fill up for a few roubles on generous platefuls of…
Russian in Kyzyl

Subedey

If your palette craves gastronomic adventure, head to this oversize Mongolian yurt in the market area for some authentic Tuvan cooking. Khoorgan khoy edi is fried mutton, dalgan usken bydaa is Tuvan noodle soup and …
International in Kyzyl

Fusion

If you just wanna hang out with your wireless-enabled device over a brew (of the bean or hop variety) in an unchallengingly stylish, faux-cosmo setting, Fusion is the place to install yourself. The pizza and sushi c…
Buddhist Temple in Kyzyl

Tsechenling Datsan

A short walk east along the riverbank from the Centre of Asia Monument stands the white pagoda-style Buddhist temple Tsechenling Datsan. Brightly coloured prayer flags flutter in the breeze outside, but it’s disappo…
Cultural in Kyzyl

Naadym

Tuva’s most dramatic festival is Naadym, usually held in and around Kyzyl in the summer months. Vastly less touristy than the Mongolian equivalent, Naadym is a good opportunity to hear khöömei concerts, watch horse …
Museum in Kyzyl

Museum of Oppression

The tiny and obviously underfunded Museum of Oppression has touching dog-eared photographs of those who disappeared in the Stalin years. Across the grass is the chest-puffing statue of a Nepokorenny (‘undefeated’) A…
Cafeteria in Kyzyl

Snack Time

Run by an English-speaking Tuvan this diminutive, brightly hued Russian-style stolovaya dishes up tasty pancakes, soups and meatballs as well as some Western additions such as burgers and fries. Located in the rapid…