Country File: Kyrgyzstan

Continuing our look into places along the way on our Moscow trip, Almaty in Kazakhstan is a likely stopover and it’s right near the border of today’s Country File — Kyrgyz Respublikasy, commonly known as Kyrgyzstan!

Flag of Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan joined UNESCO on 2 June 1992, making it a real country by‘s standard; and it has 3 inscribed and 2 tentative World Heritage Sites:


Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain (2009)
Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor (2014)
Western Tien-Shan (2016)

Saimaly-Tash Petroglyphs (29/01/2001)
Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (19/02/2010)

Note that the Silk Roads and Western Tien-Shan sites are multinational properties, plus one of the tentative listings would probably be considered an extension to that property. Our policy on those is that if they do end up being absorbed, so does the count of its visits; it’s much easier to keep score against the current list than maintain a history! Likewise, if any WHS that we visit ever gets delisted — that’s happened twice now — its count will just disappear.

TCC and MTP both count Kyrgyzstan as a single place. So does pretty much everybody, if they even know about it; we daresay that if you’re ever in a ‘find that country’ trivia challenge, “Kyrgyzstan” would be a particularly good one to stump your opponent with.

Mind you, it does look like a particularly unusual place to visit: Check out the photos here!

Dead Goat Polo & Yurts: An Unlikely Festival in Kyrgyzstan (With A Lot Of Photos)


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