Sakhalin Island attractions

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Cathedral of the Nativity

This extraordinary new addition to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk's otherwise ho-hum architectural ensemble is a staggeringly impressive golden-domed cathedral, which at 81m high is the tallest church in the Russian Far East. Wh…
Museum in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Museum of Sakhalin Island: A Book by AP Chekhov

Based on Chekhov’s seminal account of his few months working as a doctor on Sakhalin in the 1890s, this museum provides insight not only into life on Sakhalin in tsarist Russia but also into the life of the great pl…
Museum in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Sakhalin Regional Museum

The pagoda-roofed Sakhalin Regional Museum has a strong exhibit (sadly in Russian only) exploring the Japanese/Soviet overlap of the city’s history, typified by the building itself, which served as the home of the K…
Museum in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Art Museum

This museum has a modest permanent collection of pre-Soviet Russian oil paintings and Korean and Japanese textiles upstairs, and changing exhibits downstairs. Best is getting inside the unique building, a former Jap…
Statue in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Chekhov Statue

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 playwright seated with a contemplative look on his face.
Park in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Gagarin Park

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 ornamental lake.
Statue in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Lenin Statue

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