The Manas Sculptural Complex (Philharmonia): The legendary hero Manas on his magical horse Ak-Kula slaying a dragon. Below him are his wife Kanykei and the wise counsellor Bakai. Busts of several 20th century manaschy are nearby.The hero Manas is very important part of Kirgiz culture .The epos that has been named after him and consists of three parts, tells the story of the hero Manas and his son and grandson, in the 10 th century. He has been born in the region of Talas, in the north-west of the country, and it is said that at the age of 9, he already defeated the snake with wings - the scene can be watched in Bishkek in form of a statue at the place in front of the Philharmonia. The eops, which is longer than Odyssee and Ilias together, has been told orally throughout the last millennium, and the first written version appeared only about 100 years ago.I am sorry about the mistake of the country in the picture it has to be kirgizistan instead of turkmenistan .
The Victory (Pobedy) Monument constitutes yet another site in Bishkek that must
not be overlooked. The 1985 monument consists of three curved spires of granite
outlining a yurt. The yurt, the moveable home of the Kyrgyz nomad, has forty frame posts
which converge, like spikes on a wheel, at the top, leaving an opening or tunduk for
the sun to shine in. The coming together of the frameposts at the tunduk symbolizes
family unity. Any pole missing symbolizes a loss in the family. Using this potent
symbol of Kyrgyz culture, the Soviet artist recalls the losses of the Union to Nazi Germany.
The eternal flame on which the "yurt" stands, the actual hearth of the yurt, accentuates
the distress of a Kyrgyz woman depicted waiting for a loved one to return from the war.
Several statues of Vladimir Lenin remain,
the largest being opposite the parliament building in a leafy park
? having been moved there in 2003 from its original more
conspicuous location on the main square of the city
Nice classical building
Many interesting activities offered from local and foreign artists.
Performances start at 17h, at the cost of $2
A large part of the museum is still a Lenin exhibition, most of the time translated in english.
an aspect of recent history.
the largest market in bishkek, maybe in central asia.
almost 100% chinese products, in transit, to other central asian countries.
about 15000 shops, unique shopping center.
Bishkek has three interesting bazars.
Famous Osh bazar on the west side of central bishkek along the river, full of fruits and vegetables
The statue of Lenin is worth a visit for any Soviet buff who finds himself in Bishkek. It is located immediately behind the National Museum of Kyrgyzstan in a small park.
This is not a "must-do", but is interesting in that the monument has architectural features that resemble a yurt, and of course the eternal flame of rememberance for those who fell in the war.
Statue of Freedom. Unveiled in 1999 to commemorate the eighth year of independence, this represents a Kyrgyz woman holding a flame-ringed tunduk.
At Ala-Too square, there's an Independence monument
where the changing of the guards may be watched.
Looking the opposite way in the central plaza from the government office buildings you see the Monument of Honor to the Kyrgyz Flag and behind that the State Museum
The "theroritical" center of the city is the large plazza surrounded by governemnt buildings and moniumnets to significant events in its history and those that celebrate its origins and people.
Even at the occasion of a very short stay in Bishkek you should not miss a trip to the nearby mountains, it is really nice.
As in any Asian country, you just have to visit the local market with its bright colors, fresh fruits, loud voices and bustling life everywhere. Do not forget to bargain!