5 things to do in Oskemen
The majority of tourists visiting Kazakhstan consider two destinations, Astana and Almaty. Few people choose to travel to other parts of Kazakhstan. We decided to go explore Oskemen, also known as Ust-Kamenogorsk, and compile a list of things you can do there in case you decide to visit this nice town.
We were pleasantly surprised that there are regular flights to Oskemen from Astana, which are only an hour and a half long. So we arrived in Oskemen early in the morning and were headed to explore the town.
Oskemen is the capital of Eastern Kazakhstan region. Not only is it the largest industrial and transport center of the Altai mining industry, it is also a beautiful calm town with a lot of tourist attractions.
Here are 5 things to do in Oskemen:
1. Ethno village (address: Left Bank Ecopark): Opened in 2010, it is Kazakhstan’s first ethnographic museum that reflects the ethnic diversity of the region, where people of 105 different ethnicities coexist peacefully. Ethno-village consists of multiple houses that demonstrate life, traditions, and customs of people who live in the territory of East Kazakhstan. The total area of the village is 7 hectares.
2. House-museum of folk crafts (address: Ul. Krasina, 34): It is a three-story ancient castle, where everything is made of wood, including all pieces of furniture, and stairs. Everything in this museum is a unique work of art. Here you can buy an exclusive gift or a souvenir and be sure that it will be in a single copy.
**3. Alley of lovers: **Located from the Irtysh Bridge to the Novatorov Street, the park was opened in August 2011 in the celebration of the Day of Oskemen. As you can tell by the name of the alley, the main theme of its architecture is love. Each sculpture here is filled and saturated with love themes. Here you can see more than 20 different sculptures, such as “Hearts of Lovers,” a sculpture of a man sitting on a bench with a guitar and many others. It is a very peaceful place with a beautiful view of the Irtysh River.
**4. “Khalifa Altai” mosque **(address: Ul. Satpayeva 90) is the third largest mosque of Kazakhstan. It was opened in 2012 after two years of construction. It has the capacity of three thousand people. Local people take pride in the architecture and magnitude of the mosque, which is truly a sight to behold.
5. Park “Metallurg” is located at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Vinogradova Street. It is one of the oldest parks of the region. It features amusement park and areas for children, which makes it perfect for a family time. Its distinctive Soviet architecture makes the park one of the first destinations for tourists visiting Oskemen.
Now you know that Kazakhstan is not only Astana and Almaty, but also many other beautiful places that you will hopefully visit once you are in Central Asia.