Museum of Petroglyphs, Cholpon Ata

3.5
#2 of 6 in Museums in Issyk Kul Province
Examine timeless stone drawings at Museum of Petroglyphs, a huge stone field with thousands of boulders on the northern shores of Lake Issyk-Kul. This stone garden covers 42 hectares (104 acres) and features some 2,000 petroglyphs dating from 800 CE to 1200 BCE. Motifs of sacrifice, hunting scenes, wars, animals, and examples of everyday chores can be seen depicted on stones ranging from 30 cm (11 in) to 3 m (9 ft) in size. Take time to explore the lichen-covered carved stone warriors, tombs, and stone circles. English-speaking guides are available on site. Make Museum of Petroglyphs part of your personalized Cholpon Ata itinerary using our Cholpon Ata online tour itinerary builder.
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  • While the site is huge and there are some clearly interesting petroglyphs, there is little to no signage or interpretation. There has been little to no conservation of the petroglyphs and little care....  more »
  • I can say that this place was not really what i expected before my visit. Many carvings are going disappear because of the harsh winters and summer rains. But if you are in Cholpon Ata it is better...  more »
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  • Can stay there for hours, so interesting to learn about petroglyphs and maybe can turn some into tattoos.
  • Lots of stones lying around. Spotting petrogliphs is not easy. You'll need a map or a guide.

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