Dungan Mosque, Karakol

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See an unusual place of worship at Dungan Mosque, which features a construction style more like that of a Chinese Buddhist temple than Islamic mosque of Kyrgyzstan. Constructed over 100 years ago by a Chinese master who wanted to give the Muslim population a place to pray, the structure was built utilizing bricks and wood held together with no nails, and furnished with ornate decorative carvings and a curved, undulating roof. The last of eight mosques that once stood around the town, the site offers a rare opportunity to see a distinctive place of worship, unlike any found elsewhere in Karakol. See Dungan Mosque and all Karakol has to offer by arranging your trip with our Karakol online attractions planner .
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  • Just like the orthodox church in Karakol, this place will only take you about 15 minutes to visit, but it is well worth it for its unique architecture. Colorful and peaceful, I have never seen a mosqu...  more »
  • A very rich history this mosque! Definitely worth to visit this place, peculiar atmosphere, unique architecture. In the city there are also walking tours Destination Organization, where Caracol you learn a lot from the history of the Dungan mosque and about the people, and the city of Karakol.
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  • I visited this Mosque as part of the Free Walking Tour provided by Destination Karakol in August 2017 and the history amused me. The Mosque provides clothing for women to enter the territory, the entr...  more »
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  • Very interesting palace of Karakol city.
  • About The Mosque Issyk-kul Central Mosque of Karakol city named after Ibrahim Aji was built by initiative of Ibrahim Aji. He invited the famous Beijing architect Chou Seu and 20 carvers with the skills of traditional Chinese architecture and composition techniques for building the mosque. Construction of the mosque began in 1904 and completed in 1907. An ingenious system allowed builders to build the mosque with no metal reinforcement tools. The mosque holds 42 based pillars. Encircling of the building is multi-tiered wooden cornice, decorated with images of plants like grapes, pomegranates, pears and peaches. Besides it the mosque is registered as a historical monument and protected by the law. Today mosque operates successfully and opens for everyone who visits our city. Why Should You Go There? The Mosque is very beautiful and interesting because it’s the only Chines architecture in Kyrgyzstan. Address: Abdrakhmanova/Bektenova Working Hours: 6am-9pm Cost: 20 SOM Time Spent: 30 to 40 mints Contact: 03927 / 03922
  • A small mosque but interesting architecture nevertheless. I think there's an entrance fee if you wanna go inside the prayer hall.
  • Looks very Chinese like but nice. Is one of the few attractions in Karakol, but not a must
  • Seemed like architectures from Mongolia or China. It didn't take too long time seeing all and needed some donation at entrance.

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