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Keruen-Saray – the Largest Tourist Complex in Central Asia opens in Turkistan
13 April 2021
Keruen-Saray – the Largest Tourist Complex in Central Asia opens in Turkistan

 On 10 April 2021 the opening ceremony of the Keruen-Saray, the largest multifunctional tourist complex unique in Central Asia took place in Turkistan city of Kazakhstan.

The complex includes a street of merchants and artisans from the Silk Road era, a flying theater, an amphitheater for the equestrian show, an oriental bazaar, shopping malls and boutiques, hotels and restaurants, a spa and a fitness center, cinema and a family entertainment center. 

The construction of the complex took a start in December 2019 by Turkistan Tourism City, the company that has brought the project into life. The object occupies 20.5 hectares area in the buffer zone of the Hazret-Sultan cultural reserve in front of the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassawi.

The total area of the building is over 11,000 square meters. This is a modern complex with the latest modern equipment and all necessary premises to organize a theatrical performance. The auditorium has a capacity of 510 people.

With the creation of the complex, over 4,000 permanent jobs have been created in the region.

All structures are connected by a water channel which hosts the theatrical show on the water “Parade of boats”. 

Keruen-Saray is unique in Central Asia and is aimed to become the main center of attraction for tourists and encouraging investments to the region together with the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassawi.

“Turkestan has changed beyond recognition. It can rightfully be called the spiritual heritage of our people. I am very glad that in the holy month of Ramadan, Kazakh citizens were pleased with the opening of such a large-scale center. We are glad that our city is flourishing, developing and keeping pace with the times. All this beauty cheers us up,” said Salima Zhakypbaeva, Turkestan city resident. 

Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Akim (governor) of Turkistan region Umirzak Shukeyev, Minister of Culture and Sports Aktoty Raimkulova, as well as a representative of the investor company Kuanyshbek Kudaibergen participated at the opening ceremony of Keruen-Saray. 

The total area of the building is over 11,000 square meters. This is a modern complex with the latest equipment and all the premises necessary to conduct theatrical activity. The seating capacity of the auditorium is 510 people. 

Keruen-Saray complex will indeed serve as another tool for attracting travelers to Central Asia region, where you can take a trip to the historical and cultural heritage of the Great Silk Road located along Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as a part of one travel package. 

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