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…
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…
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Regional Museum

Entertainment in Kyzyl

National Theatre

The distinctive white concrete National Theatre slightly oriental wooden flourishes make it the city’s most architecturally distinctive building.
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…
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…
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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

Lenin statue

Valley in Around Kyzyl

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-shaped Scythian kurgany (burial mounds) named after the villa…