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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. Using our custom trip planner, Karakol attractions like Dungan Mosque can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Free entrance- there is a board that states that you have to pay but no one was present Designed by a Chinese, it looks more like a temple than a mosque....still unique in Karakol. Headscarf needed to...  more »
  • This is a mosque built in Chinese pagoda style. It is unique as far as I know. I have visited mosques in many countries and never seen similar. Take it in.  more »
  • This was originally a Buddhist temple? Now converted to a mosque,many of which are springing up in the whole country after its days as part of Russia.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Mosque is beautiful and build without using a single nail. One of the most popular tourist attraction in Karakol as well.