Duboviy Park, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Oak Park is one of Bishkek’s oldest parks, and is home to an open air sculpture exhibition, as well as several important monuments and buildings. Even though the park was officially renamed in honor of Chingiz Aitmatov in 2010, it is still mostly known as Oak Park.

Many of the oaks are as old as the city itself. The first trees were planted by Alexei Fetisov in 1890, a botanist from Russia. These trees have grown to be very large, and in the summer provide shade from the hot sun, and in the fall provide plenty of crispy falling leaves. Tucked into one corner is the Red Guards Memorial, for those who died defeating an uprising in 1918, as well as the Russian Drama Theater. St Nicholas Church is also here, which held the original art museum.

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