Bishkek Kyrgyzstans capital was where I stayed during my time in Kyrgyzstan, from here I did excursions to Son Kul lake and Cholpon Ata at lake Issyk Kul.
I didn’t spend much of my time in Bishkek itself, as full day excursions outside Bishkek filled up my time, but I did visited the centre of Bishkek, maybe not enough to write a whole blog about it.
My impression of Bishkek is that it is a nice city to walk around and see some of the old and modern Soviet architecture buildings, monuments and Soviet symbols from the time Kyrgyzstan was still in the Soviet Union.
My favorite sightseeing in Bishkek was the big War Memorial monument, that looks like half a yurt with an eternal flame in front of it. It’s about 15 minutes walking from the main Ala-Too square which is like the central point of the city.
The Ala-Too square was under construction, so I couldn’t really go on the square only around it. Next to the square there is the Presidential Palace and at the other side of the Square there is a park with a Lenin statue like in every former Soviet City.
In Soviet times this square was previously Lenin square
I wished when I was there the square wouldn’t be under construction, instead they could start renovating some of the buildings that are in terrible condition. I saw a great building not far from the War Memorial and it looked like it was a former night club completely destroyed and abandoned. Bishkek can really become a nicer city then it already is if they could renovate more of these former soviet buildings that are in bad condition.
As a visit you have enough with a day or even half a day to see some of the main things.
To end this post with a nicer picture then a destroyed building, here is a statue of a Kyrgyz giant legend Kojumkol lifting his own horse to show how strong he was :