The capital of Kazakhstan, Astana is located on the Ishim River, and is an extremely fascinating city to visit. To help you to better plan your trip, OROGOLD has rounded up some of the top things to do in Astana.
Spend a Day at the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center
This impressive feat of architecture was first unveiled in 2006, and is the largest entertainment center of its kind in the country. The building consists of a 150-meter high translucent tent, the largest tent structure in the world, created from an innovative material that enables the building to maintain tropical temperatures even when it is freezing outside. The entertainment center contains a sprawling shopping mall, a large food court, the Sky Beach Club with its golden sand and swimming pool, and several other attractions for both adults and children.
Enjoy the View from the Top of the Bayterek Monument
The Bayterek Monument is a 97-meter high tower that is crowned by a large glass orb. The design of the tower was inspired by an old Kazakh legend, where a mythical bird lays a golden egg atop a tall tree, out of human reach. OROGOLD recommends taking the lift to the top of the tower, where you will be able to enjoy extensive views across the city, including a birds-eye view of President Nazarbayev’s palace.
Explore the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan is housed in a beautiful blue glass and white marble building. This is the best place to visit if you are looking to learn a bit more about the history of Kazakhstan, from ancient times to the modern day. Each hall is themed, and features a variety of interactive displays. The Golden Hall is OROGOLD’s favorite part of the museum, with thousands of Bronze Age ornaments from the famous Golden Man, a warrior from the 3rd Century whose remains were only discovered in 1969.
Visit the Largest Mosque in Central Asia
The Hazrat Sultan Mosque, the largest in Central Asia, was opened recently in 2012, and is large enough to hold a crowd of 10,000. The mosque’s main dome, which stands 51-meters in height, is surrounded by eight smaller ones, with four minarets in the corners that have been inspired by a classic oriental style. There are traditional Kazakh ornaments decorating the mosque’s interior and exterior, and the whole building is no doubt an impressive piece of architectural art. Visitors are able to explore the mosque and take photos, but OROGOLD reminds you to respect mosque etiquette and make sure that you are dressed appropriately.
Astana is a city rich in history and culture, but with a strong modern identity as well. From visiting the city’s sprawling museums to enjoying a panoramic view from the top of the Bayterek Monument, Astana is most definitely a unique destination to visit, and your days will no doubt be filled with many fascinating things to do.