Tamgaly Tas

Open air temple

A unique place from a historical and cultural point of view, it annually attracts thousands of tourists who want to personally see the largest skeleton of ancient Buddhist temple in Kazakhstan. Here, you can find cave paintings depicting Buddha and Burkhanov (Bodhisattvas). In addition to the drawings on the walls you can find elegant inscriptions in Tibetan language.

Saints frozen in stone

Bodhisattva Arya Avalokiteshvara, the saint to whom one of the corner mantras of the whole religion Om Mani Padme Hum is dedicated, is depicted on the central rock of the tract. Shakyamuni Buddha is located near it, and to the left, there is Burkhan Mangla - the deity of medicine and healing. Each of the figures has its own stone inscription dedicated to it.

Cultural value of the place

It is believed that the drawings were made in the XIV - XVI centuries. The thin stone carving, the elegance of the lines and the complexity of the contours indicate the high aesthetic value of this place. In total, there are 18 rocks covered with various signs in the tract. Scientists are sure that it used to house an open-air Buddhist temple. during the tour, experienced guides will tell you the meaning of each inscription and picture.



  • Trekking boots or sneakers


  • Bring at least 2 liters of water with you
  • Some snacks to eat
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