Singaporean journalist Santos Kumar will write articles about South Kazakhstan
New tourist routes are welcoming expo visitors in various regions of Kazakhstan. Ethnic villages and crafts shops are open. Foreign travelers are visiting the southern Kazakhstan. Impressive beauty and ancient culture of Kazakhstan inspired Singaporean journalist Santos Kumar to write a number of articles about the region’s tourist potential. The expo visitor from South East Asia decided to visit the South Kazakhstan region because he heard a lot about its historical monuments. He visited Turkestan and Otyrar, and the famous Arystan baba mausoleum. The Straits Times newspaper Santos Kumar has been working for for over 30 years is the most widespread in Singapore. Its readership is over one and a half million people.
SANTOSH KUMAR, HONORARY SECRETARY, SINGAPORE PRESS CLUB:
- So this bounding event to the temple of Akyrtas which is a UNESCO world heritage. It’s a beautiful mausoleum and it’s been maintained very well and I also went to Otyrar, the hill fort.
Zhambyl region is rich for cultural and historical monuments. Eight tourist routes and 33 attractions were prepared for expo visitors here. One of them is a mysterious palace named Akyrtas included in UNESCO World Heritage list. It doesn’t have any analogues neither in Kazakhstan nor in Central Asia. A museum opened on its territory exhibits more than 100 artifacts. Akyrtas is attracting more and more tourists nowadays.
KARLYGASH ARALBEKOVA, SPOKESPERSON, GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, ZHAMBYL REGION:
- We welcomed over 40 foreign guests from 24 countries over the last month. 100 volunteers work here. We sold 64,167 tickets.
Berkara cemetery consisting from 411 seven meters high mounds attracts tourists as well. Scientists suppose that these are the burials of saka and usyn ancient tribes. Latest excavations revealed ceramic vessels, a bronze mirror, a bracelet and hairpins.
UMIT MALIK, ARCHAEOLOGIST, RESERVATION-MUSEUM ‘MONUMENTS OF ANCIENT TARAZ’:
- The burial mounds belong to the early Iron Age, dating back to the 2nd century BC, the 4th century AD. These mounds are called "royal" in archeology.
The Ancient Taraz archeological park and Karakhan and Aisha Bibi mausoleums are also among famous tourist attractions. A wide range of tourist routes are available to satisfy any expo visitor.