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Burana Tower, Tokmok
(4.2/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
The last remaining structure of the ancient city of Balasagun, Burana Tower offers a glimpse at a long-lost civilization. The tower was constructed between the 10th and 11th centuries and partially destroyed during an earthquake in the 16th century. Its diminished 25 m (82 ft) height can still be scaled by climbing an internal spiral staircase, leading to a panoramic viewing point. To visit Burana Tower on your holiday in Tokmok, and find out what else Tokmok has to offer, use our Tokmok trip builder.
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  • To reach from Bishkek with various minivans. Drivers do not speak English but know what you mean if you Burana tower says. The location is far away so make sure you arrange transport for the way back in advance! The tower itself is not very high or impressive but the environment is that though. The refurbished is very narrow and dark.
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  • One of the few historic structures in Kyrgyzstan. Very interesting history of the Tower in its surroundings many different religions lived side by side peacefully. Yet this interesting stone figures and excavations.
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  • This is one of the only existing watch towers remaining from the old Silk Road. The open air museum here features a collection of ancicient bal-bals, carved stones figures used as monuments. 
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  • One of the place that shows you what type of building Kyrgyz people had in 10-11 century. Very beautiful and deserve to be visited. In near museum people will explain you in English, French or even Spanish Kyrgyz history
  • This is not just the place or tower, ask around the legends and history. People in nearby villages are very friendly.
  • Burana Tower is a large minaret dated of IX AD. The tower, along with grave markers (bal-bals), some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagyn, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the IX century. Current height of tower is 25 m which is about half less of its original height of 45 m. An external staircase and steep, winding stairway inside the tower enables visitors to climb to the top.
  • Fabulous and worth a visit. Is one of the most important landmarks in Bishkek. His histories with the Silk Road. And the stories told about him vary like other myths
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  • A historic landmark for the people of Kyrgyzstan and their history in defense against the Russians.
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