Must-see attractions in Sakhalin Island

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    Cathedral of the Nativity

    Sakhalin Island

    This extraordinary new addition to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk's otherwise ho-hum architectural ensemble is a staggeringly impressive golden-domed cathedral, which…

  • Sakhalin Regional Museum

    Sakhalin Island

    The pagoda-roofed Sakhalin Regional Museum has a strong exhibit (sadly in Russian only) exploring the Japanese/Soviet overlap of the city’s history,…

  • Art Museum

    Sakhalin Island

    This museum has a modest permanent collection of pre-Soviet Russian oil paintings and Korean and Japanese textiles upstairs, and changing exhibits…

  • Chekhov Statue

    Sakhalin Island

    This attractive statue of Anton Chekhov, whose visit to Sakhalin in the late 19th century put the little-known penal colony on the map, shows the great…

  • Gagarin Park

    Sakhalin Island

    This large park is full of rides and amusements, but there are some very pleasant parts for strolling away from the crowds, and even an attractive…

  • Lenin Statue

    Sakhalin Island

    This looming statue of the revolutionary leader still stands in pride of place in front of the train station.

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