If you ever visit Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, I am 100% sure you will be amazed by the giant transparent tent in the heart of the city. It is an entertainment center called “Khan Shatyr,” which means “Royal Marquee.” This piece of art is 150 meters high and 140,000 square meters. So, what can you find and do inside this distinctive building?
The first time I visited “Khan Shatyr” was during the winter of 2006 (-30°C). And you should have seen my reaction to the artificial beach on the top of the marquee where the temperature was +30°C and the sand was brought in from Maldives! For an 8-year-old child and everybody this place became a favorite spot in the city.
Ten years later, it is still a great place to have fun. Apart from the beach, there is also a dinosaur park, a ride on the handrails of the highest floor, a movie theatre and an arcade. Moreover, an entire floor is designed for the food court only, so that every person would find a café or restaurant depending on his/her taste and budget. Nowadays I visit “Khan Shatyr” for shopping only, even though I live 200 kilometers away, because I can find everything in one place. Almost every time I go there, some concerts or entertaining programs are taking place.
I believe that “Khan Shatyr” is a must-visit attraction for everyone. Even if you do not want to do anything inside, just walk into the luminous tent, look around and I am sure you will like it.