Ust-Kamenogorsk’s Very Big Ethno-Park Nothing in Ust-Kamenogorsk (the lovely, but decidedly unspectacular capital of East Kazakhstan) prepares you for the Ethnographic Park. It’s not very often that the director of a park becomes a regional celebrity, but such is the case with Nikolai Zaitsev. Over the past 10 years, he has taken over a swampy piece of land on the banks of the Irtysh, landscaped ever bigger parts of it, and stuffed it full of exhibits on regional history.
Ust-Kamenogorsk later became a center of trade with Mongolia and China and the gateway to the mineral wealth of the Rudny Altay mountains. Today Ust-Kamenogorsk city is Kazakhstan major center of nonferrous metallurgy (lead, zinc, titanium, and magnesium) with important associated research institutes and laboratories.
Enjoy a relaxing walk in peaceful surroundings at Zhastar Park. Stroll around the well-nurtured gardens and find a spot to sit and unwind. Within the park you will find a replica of a Russian pioneer village, which contains log-style cabins in the traditional period style.