Things to do in & around Bishkek

Osh Bazaar (Ошский Базар)

Explore the colorful, aromatic streets of the Osh Bazaar, one of the largest bazaars in Bishkek. Just a 15 minutes from the hostel, escape into the winding maze of shops and small stands to find everything from local treats, fresh produce, handmade goods, clothing items, and electronics.

Tips:

  • Bargaining – while prices are generally quite affordable, you are welcome to bargain for the best deal.
  • Try a taste of Bishkek – make sure to try (give a recommendation for a local treat/spice, etc.)
  • Personal belongings: As with all large cities, it’s best to be mindful of your belongings and only take what you need. Leave your valuables safely at the hostel, and bring only a copy of your passport for identification.

Time: 2 – 5 hours

Location: Beishenalieva/Chui; 1.5 km from the hostel

 Directions:

  • Take marshrutka #132 from the western bus station;
  • or walk down Jibek Jolu (across from the bus station) eastward until you reach the rosneft gas station, then take a right and continue until you reach the bazaar

 

 

Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Воскресенский собор)

 

 

Make sure to stop by and marvel at this beautifully designed white and blue cathedral. Established in 1944, the building was designed by prominent Soviet architect Veryujskii.

Today, visitors can go inside to see the pristine religious relics and witness the twice-daily religious service involving robed priests and a small choir.

Tips:

  • To avoid the crowds, the best timing is (xx:xx – xx:xx)
  • Religious services take place at 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM daily
  • Is there something special they need to wear? Conservative clothing, etc? Are cameras allowed?

Time: 1 – 2 hours

Directions: Take marshrutka #113,#114,#213, #214 from across the road on Jibek Jolu.

State History Museum (Исторический Музей)

How much do you know about the Kyrgyz culture and history? Head to the State History Museum on a rainy day and discover its collection of around 90,000 historical artefacts, including sizeable archaeological and ethnographic collections, as well as materials relating to contemporary Kyrgyzstan.  Unfortunately, It is currently under reconstruction and its re-opening date is unknown.

Location: Razzakova / Chui, 3.9km from the hostel

Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm (Closed on Mondays; Currently under reconstruction until further notice)

Directions: Take marshrutka #111 or bus #7/35 from across the street at Jibek Jolu to Ala-Too Square.

Frunze Museum (Музей Михаила Фрунзе)

Did you know that there’s a museum dedicated to the life of Mikhail Frunze, the Bolshevik military commander who brought Central Asia under the control of the Soviet Union following the revolution? The museum contains over 6500 objects related to Frunze and gives an impression as to the life of Russians in Kyrgyzstan in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Location: Razzakova / Frunze, 3.7km from the hostel

Entrance: 25 som (adult); 15 som (children)

Opening hours: From 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed Mondays)

Time: 1-2 hours

Directions: Take marshrutka #114, #214, or #344 from across the street at Jibek Jolu to the intersection with Razzakova, then walk south to Frunze.

Ala-Too Square (Площадь Ала Тоо)

The square was built in 1984 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Kyrgyz SSR. In 2003 Erkindik statue replaced the statue of Lenin, which is now located behind the State History Museum. Nowadays it features a monument of the national hero, Manas. The square is often crowded, both during the day and in the evening, and serves as a central location for celebrating national holidays and events.

Location: Kievskaya / Razzakova, 3.9km from the hostel

Take bus 7 or marshrutka 111, 129, or 224 across the street at Jibek Jolu until you reach the square

Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts named after Aitiev
(Кыргызский Национальный Музей Изобразительных Искусств Имени Айтиева)

Established in 1935, the museum contains over 18,000 works that showcase all stages of development of professional visual arts.

Location: Abdrahmanova (Sovietskaya) / Abdymomunova, 4.2 km from the hostel. From the bus station, take marshrutka #224 and get off at the opera.

Entrance : 50 som adults / 25 som students

Hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun, 10-4pm Fri

Time spent: 3-4 hours

Dordoi Bazar

It is the largest wholesale and retail market in Bishkek, and one of the Asia greatest public marketplace, comparable to Bangkok Chatuchak or Tehran Grand Bazar. It’s been described by a western journalist as ‘a modern monument to the power of raw commerce’. Trade at Dordoi starts in the morning, at 6 am, and many stalls begin closing around 1 PM, so it is best to arrive early.

Location: Out of town, 10km from the hostel. Take Marshrutka #114 until GOIN shopping centre (Jibek jolu/Sovietskaya), from there take the 144, 185, 193, or 224 to Dordoi Bazar.

Hours : 6am – 2pm / Time spent : 3-4 hours

Central Mosque

This mosque has been built in 1995 with the financial support of a Kyrgyz entrepreneur, Arabic sheikh and an Islamic fund. *95% of mosques in Kyrgyzstan are built by Arabs. The mosque has 3 halls, the main of which can fit up to 600 people. On Fridays, the territory of the mosque can fit up to 5-6 thousand people.

Location: Moskovskaya / gogolya, 6km from the hostel. Take bus #35 or marshrutka #113 from bus station to the central mosque.

Hours: Open 24/7   /   Time spent: 1-2 hours

Panfilov Park

It is a small recreation park where it is nice to walk around, ride some roller coaster, eat ice cream or just enjoy the lively atmosphere. You can even ride a devil’s eye (now under construction) to get an eagle view of the town.

Location : Frunze / Panfilova, 3,3km from hostel. Take Marshrutka #111 until Chui/Panvilova or bus #7

Hours: 2-3hours, Entrance free

Turgunbai Sadykov Museum – National Academy of Arts

It is a scientific and methodological museum attached to the Kyrgyz National Art Academy. On the first and second floors, there are sculptures of Sadykov’s work and in the halls, there are exhibitions (painting, ceramics, etc.).

Location: 50 Togolok Moldo, near the Sports centre, 3km from the hostel.
From the Western bus station, take bus #7 or marshrutka #111 #224 #344 until Togolok.

Hours : 2-3 hours, Mon-Fri 09:00-12:00 / 13:00-16:00.

Oak Park open-air museum and Erkindik gallery

Looking for a break and a peaceful place? With its small alley, fountains, and flowers it is one of the nicest spots to hang out.
Oak Park offers to see also many different Kyrgyz sculptures from various time. When going up from Oak Park to Chuy avenue, you can enjoy the Erkindik painting gallery and its wide range of style and artists.

Location: Oak Park, 4km from the hostel. From the western bus station take bus #7 or minibus #111 #129 until Chuy/Tynystanova, and walk back for 100m until Oak Park and the gallery.

Hours: 1-2 hours, open every day, free entrance