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Don-Aryk, Tokmok 722201 Kyrgyzstan

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Reza Sattarzadeh
Muscat, Oman2,553 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
The ancient city of Balasagun was located at where Burana tower is today. The tower was a part of the minaret of the city's mosque and used to be the highest point. Only the tower remains from the city. Around the tower, there are a few archeological sites but no standing building remains and they are the excavations of the city.

The tower can be ascended by the very tiny staircase which is built inside the tower. The view from the top is pretty interesting and gives you the landscape around. The tower is about an hour drive from Bishkek and it is definitely worth a visit.
Written March 5, 2020
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LBeonba
North West England, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We have visited Kyrgyzstan a few times, on this occasion we got to take a trip to Burana Tower. It is one of the oldest sites in Kyrgyzstan, and although it is not a massive tourist attraction, it has its impressive history. The site has all things explained on boards in many different languages, the tower you can go to the top, but the steps are very steep, and its best to go up and down on all fours !! unless you’re a young elastic band ! the view is spectacular at the top and this is a view for miles. On the site is an aircon visitors centre staffed, and also a small Yurta gift shop and limited refreshments. There amazing stone images very very old and so great to be able to walk between them. There is a small entry charge, and a very typical toilet, which may prove to be a challenge for many people to use it. The site is in the middle of know where, but there are road signs along the way. You would be advised to work out your route before hand if making your own way. That said the local people are helpful even with a language barrier they will try and help, a pencil and piece of paper would be invaluable for directions!
Written February 27, 2020
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Nazimul H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Wonderful place to visit and climb such preserved Tower. The weather in May month was good. Cool breeze and sunshine. To our surprise, we had the chance to watch the school children in their ethnic dress enact the "Epic of Manas". Walking along the Balbal Stones reminds of the history of Kyrgyz people. Museum visit with the area was also good. View from the tower was mesmerizing against the background of snowcapped mountains and greenery.
Written May 11, 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia9,543 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Burana Tower is virtually the only remnant of the city of Balasagun, more than 1,000 years old. It makes for some great photos against the mountain backdrop, especially on a clear day. From the top you can see the castle foundations and also numerous grave markers and petroglyphs that you can walk through. There is a small building where some interesting finds are displayed.
Written November 7, 2022
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PhilipLeic
Leicester, UK1,642 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Minaret at an ancient Sogdian city of Belasagum which was in use to 11th century. The site includes the tower, anthropomorphic burial stones (Kurgan stelae) and some petroglyphs. There is also a visitor centre, gift shop in a yurt and toilets. 60 som entry. It is interesting to climb the tower for the experience but takes some effort as it has steep steps and is totally dark. If busy can take some time as it is not easily possible to pass anyone on the steps. We had a guided tour of the small visitor centre and a description of the burial stones. The gift shop in a yurt is worth visiting and the toilet block is functional. We found the site interesting.
Written November 12, 2022
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China907 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
Considering it's age, this is an impressive tower. However, if you're slightly claustrophobic, going up the tower will not be for you. The steps are steep and the passage very narrow and dark. It's almost impossible to pass on the stairs and it's very slow going. A lot of people come down backwards.

You can get just as good a view of the surrounding area from ground level.
Written September 20, 2022
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Juliet R
Budapest, Hungary366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Another great half day with Mars. Enjoyable snowy drive. The burial grounds and tower has so much history, def worth a few hours. Although it was bitterly cold, the walk through the statues and stones was fascinating. Climbed to the top of the tower for an amazing 360 view of the mountain range.
Would definitely do again to see in the spring and autumn for the amazing foliage.
Written July 6, 2020
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Mars Atlas
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
It used to be much higher originally, what is left us half. It was city Balasagun on the silk way road from China to Europe. There is museum with historical artefact and graveyard with balbak stones. Touch of history.
Written January 27, 2020
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wandermust
Dubai, United Arab Emirates65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
One of the pit stop place on the iconic silk route, which played a very important part in exchange of not only silk but culture and ideologies this tower is very important part of a once capital of Bishkek. Made in the 10th century it’s a pride to step into the past. You can walk all the way up to the tower to also get a better view of the landscape.
Written April 13, 2024
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ViFi62
Bilthoven, The Netherlands160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
After the animal market in Tokmok, we visited the Burana Tower. Amazing place, particularly because of the mountain backdrop. The tower itself is old, but not super special, but it's possible to climb the tower via quite narrow and dark stairs (don't forget to bring a small light). It's worth the effort, because of the great view of the surrounding area.
Written January 4, 2022
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