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Welcome to our website "Kyrgyz Yurt"

 

This is one of a series of websites which is planned to cover the many different aspects of Kyrgyzstan: the people and their traditional lifestyle and culture; the places and the history of the country; and (especially as we are a tour company) about the tourism potential of the country and the region.

The reason we are creating these sites is that we find many people know little about this small country in the heart of the Asian continent, and which straddles the ancient Silk Road. As a result they have many questions. We hope that the websites will answer some of these questions and also introduce the country to a wider audience. We hope that you find the site interesting and helpful. We welcome your comments and suggestions as to how we can make it more so.

This particular site concentrates on the traditional nomadic dwelling, the yurt, which are like large, circular frame tents made from felt. Although yurts are a very ancient form of dwelling and are used throughout Central Asia, from Anatolia in the West to Mongolia in the East, they were a fundamental aspect  in the lifestyle of the Kyrgyz “chaban”, (or shepherd), as they travelled from pasture to pasture. Easy to transport, erect and dismantle, they were extremely practical and they were also highly decorated.  Although, in contemporary Kyrgyzstan, people now live in settled communities, in houses and apartment blocks, the yurt is used in a variety of different roles and is still an important symbol of “hearth and home”. Even though styles of architecture and city planning come and go, the yurt remains a stable and lasting link with the past.