Monuments Tour of Bishkek, Bishkek (Self Guided)

There are many monuments in Bishkek dedicated to important people who have played a significant role in shaping the history and culture of Kyrgyzstan. A number of these monuments are dedicated to Soviet leaders. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bishkek's most famous monuments.
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Monuments Tour of Bishkek Map

Guide Name: Monuments Tour of Bishkek
Guide Location: Kyrgyzstan » Bishkek (See other walking tours in Bishkek)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: vickyc
Lenin Monument

1) Lenin Monument (must see)

A monument to Lenin stands in the center of Bishkek, as it once did in the majority of cities, towns and villages located in the former Soviet Union. The statue depicts Lenin standing tall with his arm stretched, pointing to the "happy future". This monument is probably the only remaining statue of this famous revolutionary leader in Central Asia, and stands as a reminder of an important period in Kyrgyzstan's history.
Victory Monument

2) Victory Monument (must see)

The Victory Monument stands appropriately enough on Victory Square. This memorial is dedicated to the victory of the Allies over Nazi Germany. The statue is of a woman, representing all the mothers and wives that had to wait for their sons and husbands to return home. National symbols, such as the Kyrgyz yort, also adorn the memorial. It is a breathtaking site, as it illustrates the costs of war in a very memorable way.

3) Bibisara

Bibisara is a monument dedicated to a famous Bishkek ballerina. She contributed a great deal to the development of the Kyrgyz Ballet School. In addition to her dancing skills, she was a famous trainer, teaching generations of ballerinas. The monument now rests on a small square near the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Alay Tokombaev

4) Alay Tokombaev

The Alay Tokombaev monument stands opposite the Opera and Ballet Theater. This monument is dedicated to the famous Kyrgyz writer Alay Tokombaev. Tokombaev contributed to the literary heritage of Kyrgyzstan and to the development of the Kyrgyz alphabet.
Toktogul Statue

5) Toktogul Statue

Toktogul Statue memorializes a famous Kyrgyz poet, singer, and instrumentalist. In addition to this monument, a street, a museum and a power station in Bishkek carry his name. Toktogul Statue was made of bronze in 1974 and stands near the Theater of Opera and Ballet.
Martyrs of the Revolution

6) Martyrs of the Revolution

Martyrs of the Revolution, also called the Statue of War, is a monument that won the 'All Union Lenin' prize during the Soviet era. The monument includes statues of a woman with socialist warriors behind her that died at the hands of "rich peasants". It was made in 1978 and is an excellent example of statues from the Soviet era.
Statue of Pushkin

7) Statue of Pushkin

The Statue of Pushkin stands in front of Slavic University. Russia's influence on Kyrgyzstan was once quite strong, and this is reflected in the number of statutes in the city of Bishkek that represent famous Russian figures. Pushkin was one of the greatest Russian poets, known around the world. The monument to this poet was erected in 1999.
Statue of Mikhail Frunze

8) Statue of Mikhail Frunze

Mikhail Frunze was a Bolshevik and revolutionary leader. He was born in Bishkek but lived primarily in Russia. He was closely related to Lenin. During the Soviet era he was so famous that the city of Bishkek was known as Frunze. Many monuments of Frunze stand in Moscow, and many streets bear his name there. His statue in Bishkek stands at the end of Erkindik Boulevard. He is depicted riding his horse, leading the Red Army into the city.

Walking Tours in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Create Your Own Walk in Bishkek

Create Your Own Walk in Bishkek

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bishkek is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part I

Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part I

There are many interesting museums in Bishkek, the largest city in the former Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic. Visit the history museum, which teaches about the city and country's fascinating past. Also be sure to see the unusual open air museum that features sculptures by masters from all over the former Soviet Union. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Bishkek.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Shopping Tour of Bishkek

Shopping Tour of Bishkek

Bishkek offers an amazing shopping experience, as you can find a variety of interesting local products, such as uniquely-designed Kyrgyz rugs, handmade pottery and jewelry made with semiprecious stones from the mountains in the area. Take this self-guided tour to explore the stores, boutiques and markets of Bishkek.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Kid's Entertainment Tour of Bishkek

Kid's Entertainment Tour of Bishkek

There are a variety of fun attractions in Bishkek that will entertain and engage your children. You can take them to the circus, visit the planetarium or go for a walk in a beautiful park with a merry-go-round. Take this self-guided tour to visit the best places in Bishkek for kids.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Cultural Tour of Bishkek

Cultural Tour of Bishkek

Bishkek is the cultural center of Kyrgyzstan. The city has a wide variety of theaters, operas, cinemas and libraries. Russia had a profound impact on Kyrgyzstan's culture, which you will notice on this tour. Come explore the rich culture of Bishkek and the Kyrgyz people.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Daily Life Tour of Bishkek

Daily Life Tour of Bishkek

To better understand the daily life of Bishkek residents, visit the locals' favorite spots. Explore the bars, shops, churches, and cinemas where locals spend most of their time when not at home. Take this self-guided tour to discover the more personal side of Bishkek.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part II

Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part II

There are several art galleries in Bishkek, most of which are gallery-shops so you can buy the art that you like. These galleries display traditional and contemporary Kyrgyz art: paintings, pottery, ceramics and more. Take this self-guided tour to gain a better understanding of Kyrgyz art.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bishkek for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bishkek has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bishkek, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.