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Republican Museum of books is the only museum of books in Central Asia, and similar museums were in Moscow and Kiev during Soviet Union period. Opening of the Book Museum was held on 20 October 1978. Many Kazakh scientists, writers, poets, publishers contributed to replenish funds of the museum by giving their personal books with autographs to the museum.

The museum of folk was named in honor of Ykylas Dukenov, People’s Composer, one of the founders of musical school of kobyz (an ancient Kazakh string instrument with two strings made of horsehair). The collection presents over 1000 objects including rare exhibits dating back to the 17th century. There are in total 60 types of national instruments: kobyz, dombras, syldyrmak (tambourine like national instrument) as well other nations’ instruments.

Kok-Tube Hill, The hill the mast stands on is the highest point of the city of Almaty at 1100 metres and the mast itself is 350 meters tall. The viewpoint from Kok-tobe is well worth a visit with panoramic views of the city in all directions. A cable car ride is a really good way to the top of Kok-tobe Hill and see the view of surrounding mountains, the start of which is located close to the Hotel Kazakhstan.

Medeu Skating Rink Situated approximately 5,548 ft. above sea level (that’s 1,691 meters) Medeu is considered to be the highest skating rink on earth. This skating rink and ski resort is a favorite for locals and visitors alike, and offers enough room for people to figure skate, speed skate, play hockey, and have a ton of fun. Be sure to do your stretches; not only for ice skating, but also for the 842 step staircase that leads to Medeu. The climb is worth it.

Zenkov Cathedral, This is a place where you surely want to use your “inside voice.” Zenkov Cathedral is over a century old and is still a functioning place of religion. Located in Panfilov Park, Zankov Cathedral is a popular tourist destination. Besides the breathtaking beauty that brings people to this site, the interesting history is enough to make you want to see the cathedral for yourself.