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Burana Tower, Tokmok

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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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  • Just a super cute and historical place- an hour drive from Bishkek. 60 some for entrance, the nice ladies comes around and collects the fee. There are no brochures but they have good trilingual explan...  more »
  • This is a wonderful place to visit, and is easily accessible in about an hour from Bishkek. There is a small museum, too, as well as some messy ruins nearby.  more »
  • Simply beautiful and amazing. Would recommend to anyone. Stunning view and historical place. Best towards second half of the day.  more »
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  • It's not the easiest place to get to but it's worth the effort. The tower is from the 11th century and a great example of the cultures that lived here a thousands years ago. Most of the rest of the city has either disappeared or is still buried underground. The museum is basic.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • This is not just the place or tower, ask around the legends and history. People in nearby villages are very friendly.
  • its very pretty!