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Digital Subscriptions > Lonely Planet Traveller (UK) > December 2018 > First time in Bishkek

First time in Bishkek

Bishkek doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. Dig into the cuisine, art scene or nightlife of Kyrgyzstan’s capital and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this gateway to the Tien Shan mountain range.

SIGHTS

Ala-Too Square

(Chuy Avenue)

Surveyed by a triumphant statue of national hero Manas, Bishkek’s nominal centre is architecturally Neobrutalist in style yet has a photogenic quality – especially when slowly goose-stepping soldiers change the guard beside the soaring national flagpole.

Bishkek’s Osh Market
PHOTOGRAPHS: RADIOKAFKA/SHUTTERSTOCK, LEONID ANDRONOV/SHUTTERSTOCK COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM STEPHEN LIOY.

Art Group 705

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In the December issue… find out which countries, cities, regions and individual attractions made it onto Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019 list; read more in depth on some of the winning destinations, including the northern regions of Sri Lanka far from the tourist trail, Copenhagen with its ongoing dining revolution, and the North Coast 500 road around some of the wildest corners of the Scottish Highlands; add in a short break to Estonia's winter-perfect capital Tallinn; and much more