Today, the park covers an area of 120.52 hectares. The arboretum is a unique object, where more than 600 species of woody and shrubby species of herbaceous plants grow, representing the flora of various geographical zones of the world. Here, for the first time in the world, an experiment was conducted to transplant large trees in an arid climate. The beginning of the bookmark is November, 1979. By October 1, 1986, 500 thousand perennial plantings were planted, numbering 1360 species and breeds, including 25 thousand valuable woody plants planted at the age of 20. As a new phenomenon in forestry, the transplantation of old-age trees was carried out at any time of the year. And the initiator of the appearance and formation in the hot southern climate, such an amazing corner of nature, was a well-known politician and patriot of his city, Asanbay Askarov.
The Regional Museum of Local History is the largest and oldest museum in the South Kazakhstan region.
The museum was founded in the 1920s. For almost a century of its history, the museum has undergone several transformations and renaming, has collected more than 88 thousand exhibits, the best of which are presented in the exhibition halls.
In 2014, the Museum of Local History of South Kazakhstan moved to a new building that meets all modern requirements.
Its opening was held with the participation of President N. A. Nazarbayev. The total area of the museum is 2541.81 square meters, and the area of the exhibition halls is 1060.12 square meters.
The temple of the great Martyr St. George is located in the village Coxae (Georgievka), 40 kilometers East of the city of Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan. The single-nave church with a dome and an attached bell tower was built in 1882 with the money of the parishioners. During the Soviet era, the temple, like others in the country, was closed, and various institutions were located there for a long time.
In 1991, the Church of the Great Martyr George the Victorious was reopened to parishioners by Archpriest Gennady Makarenko. In 2002, the church was restored, some structures were replaced, and the facade of the building was updated. In front of the entrance to the temple, built of light pink brick, you can see the bell tower at the top with a bell suspended from the arch. The temple is decorated with numerous icons of St. George, in whose honor it was consecrated. An interesting fact is that in the church, according to the decision of the local priest, they do not take money for candles.
There is a real monument in Shymkent, which has survived more than one generation of citizens. In fact, the city itself has grown around it. According to one of the legends, the tribe, fleeing from the war, after long wanderings and ordeals, having overcome another desert and languishing with thirst, came across an oasis. The tribe camped around it. Slowly it grew, and the spring became more and more full every year, and here and there more and more springs began to pour out of the ground. Then they merged into one stream and formed a large river. She is the monument.
The Central mosque of South Kazakhstan region is one of the religious attractions of the city of Shymkent. It is located in the western part of the city. The mosque, opened in May 2013, is the largest mosque in the entire territory of the South Kazakhstan region. The initiator of the construction of the shrine was the Head of State of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the direct support of the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Under the Old city, we mean a structure close to the historical core of the city Shymkent. Of course, it got its name from the alien population that arrived here in the second half of the XIX century. This could have happened when the tsarist administration was located here, and Shymkent was conquered from the Kokand Khanate in 1864. Here were the first administrative buildings, social structures. With the arrival of immigrants, the city began to expand actively. Perhaps wanting to separate the new buildings, the first Russian settlers began to call this part of the city the Old Town
“Shymkent State Zoo” was organized by the resolution of the Shymkent Regional Executive Committee of 11.12.1979 and is a cultural and educational institution. It is associated with the name of a remarkable man with a capital letter, the name of an outstanding Kazakh son, who has the title of hero of Socialist labor, the first secretary of the regional party committee Asanbay Askarov. It was a great heroic act of Asanbay Askarov to build such a large zoo for our many visitors to our city. The official birthday of the zoo is April 29, 1980. In the first years, 75 species and 350 heads were counted in the collections. Since the opening of the zoo, the collection of animals increases.
The Ethnographic museum in Shymkent can be called unique without exaggeration, because its entire exposition and premises were created by the hands of one person – Kendebay Karabdalov. Kendebai Karabdalov recreated more than 10 musical instruments, various clay household appliances, jugs, which fully reflect the ancient life of the Kazakhs and traditions that have been preserved forever in the national culture. Part of the museum is located underground, being a kind of hilvet-an underground mosque. The local environment literally calls for meditation, reflection, and spiritual balance. Here you can hear the melodic sound of any musical instrument you like and get a fascinating master class on making dishes on a potter’s wheel.
On the territory of the pedestrian zone of the Arbat, there is a bicycle path, benches and lighting.Landscaping work was carried out on the territory of 3600 sq. m. meters, planted 700 seedlings of spruce, chestnut, white birch and 1000 roses. 76 lamps and 45 floor lamps are installed to illuminate the Arbat.