Must-see attractions in Tuva

  • 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,…

  • 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-ol Ondar, who was its…

  • Archeological excavation of ancient kurgan burials, King's valley, Tuva, Russia.

    Valley of the Kings


    This broad grassy vale begins a few kilometres beyond a turning off the M54 highway north of Turan. It’s famous in archaeological circles for its pancake…

  • The Center of Asia monument.

    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…

  • National Theatre


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

  • Tsechenling Datsan


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

  • Regional Museum


    Delicately etched ancient stonework is the star attraction at this museum in Kyzyl-Mazhalyk, alongside an independence-era newspaper printed in the Tuvan…

  • 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…

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