200 million tenge to allocate on repair of Museum-Reserve of Abai

Next year marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of the great poet, writer, and public figure Abai Kunanbayev. Various large-scale cultural events are planned to be held in the country.

In addition, a number of memorial complexes will be repaired for the significant event. One of the buildings includes the “Abai-Shakarim” memorial complex.

“We plan to allocate 200 million tenge to repair this complex. We need to create conditions for everyone who pays great attention to the legacy of Abai, who has common traditions. A lot of foreign visitors come to us as well as tourists from our country. All of them want to learn about the spirit and legacy of Abai. Therefore, the museum should be a modern complex of international class,” said Director of Museum-Reserve of Abai ‘Zhidebai – Borili’, Zhandos Aubakir.

Abai’s descendant, Kusman Berleshov, is sure that the birthplace of the great poet and educator may well become the center of attraction for tourists from all over the world. The place is known not only in Kazakhstan but also in other countries as well.

“The creativity of Abai is loved and honored by many nations. The German people know his many of his works by heart. They often compare Abai with the great Goethe. Abai is the soul of the Kazakh people and his Words of Edification have become a valuable understanding of the essence of the world and people,” said Berloshov.

Hundreds of tourists visit Abai’s motherland, the village of Zhidebay, in the summer. The house-turned-museum of the great poet and educator is located 180 kilometers from Semey city. He built the house himself 124 years ago. He lived and worked here all his life.

There are more than 50 valuable exhibits from the poet’s personal belongings in the museum.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports has planned to develop an audio guide and multimedia devices that allow foreign tourists to receive information in three languages in order to allow them to fully explore the rich heritage of Abai.