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’) Aldan Maadyr martyr in his pointy slippers.

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1. 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…

2. Centre for Tuvan Culture

0.23 MILES

The attractive two-storey timber building of the Centre for Tuvan Culture was founded in 2012 by legendary Tuvan musician Kongar-ol Ondar, who was its…

3. Tsechenling Datsan

0.28 MILES

Brightly coloured prayer flags flutter in the breeze outside this white pagoda-style Buddhist temple, but it’s disappointingly plain inside. There's a…

4. National Theatre

0.32 MILES

This Tibetan-styled white building with oriental wooden flourishes is the city’s most architecturally distinctive structure.

5. National Museum

0.71 MILES

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,…