The largest country in Central Asia and the ninth biggest in the world is Kazakhstan, a former Soviet state. It did not exist as a nation before 1991 and today it is slowly opening its arms wide to invite foreign tourists. The capital city of Astana is home to many tourist attractions that are yet to be discovered and enjoyed by people from all over the world. Astana is pegged as Central Asia’s city of the future, and one of its modern attractions is the President’s Culture Centre. So far, the most common international tourists to the capital city are from the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Japan and Korea.
The President’s Culture Center is a new and fancy museum that is five-stories high. Its center is a large circle with a gleaming blue dome on top, signifying the national color. It is a modern, high-quality repository of relics and historical items that speak of the resilient Kazakh heritage. The ground floor showcases important displays such as local carpets, traditional costumes, horse ornaments and a colorful yurt, the traditional home of early nomadic Kazakhs. At the center room are gifts to the President of Kazakhstan from different countries and businesses around the world, including a huge wooden globe from France. On display are a number of scale models of the president’s house and Bayterek Tower. Other rooms feature traditional clothes, ornaments and pieces of Jewelry worn by the Kazakh people through the centuries, as well as armors, weapons of war, tools, house decorations and so on. There are also very old photos showing how the locals used to live.
The second floor features the Hall of Gold and Precious Stones, rare archeological finds, replicas of important national buildings and replica of the Golden Man. The “Golden Man”, a figure of a man in golden suit, symbolizes modern Kazakhstan, although its origin may be dated back to the 4th or 3rd century BC. A burial mound was discovered in 1969 and in it was the skeletal remain of a man (or woman), most probably of royalty, dressed in brightly colored attire with funerary goods that included 4,000 gold ornaments. He was referred to as the “golden man” and for some reason became a symbol of the country.
On the museum’s third floor are paintings and items representing Kazakhstan’s history beginning from the 14th century. There are rare and very special relics here, which is why museum guests are not allowed to take photos. Labels are in English, Russian and Kazakh, There are translation services offered by the museum but for a fee. Admission to the museum is free.
The President’s Culture Centre in the capital city of Astana is truly an important structure that deserves a visit. Other landmarks within the city are the Bayterek Tower Monument, the Islamic Center, Monument of the Dead of the Totalitarian Regime, Fine Art Museum and the Palace of Peace and Harmony. All of these speak of modern Kazakhstan while still holding on to its rich heritage, culture and traditions. The Palace of Peace and Harmony, for instance, is a beautiful modern architectural masterpiece that takes the shape of a mighty pyramid while promoting peace and harmony around the world.