Cholpon Ata, on the shores of Issyk Kul, boasted petroglyphs, a form of rock art. The petroglyphs are in a part of an open-air museum and date back from as early as 1500 BC.

The 42 hectares open-air museum was once a temple where the inhabitants worshipped the sun and other celestial bodies. The museum is now dotted with stone circles, tombs and petrogylphs portraying scenes which feature animals, including deers, goats and snow leopards.

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