19 December 2006

Dungan Mosque Interior Photos

These are some photos from the Dungan Mosque in Karakol; the Dungans are descendants of Chinese Muslims (Hui) who fled China in the 1800s. Many live in Kyrgyzstan, particularly in the north, and the mosque in Karakol is beautiful and one of the few mosques to survive communism intact. The Dungans speak Chinese (although when I asked Chinese speakers about it, they said they couldn't really understand Dungans) and cook wonderful food.

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