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Touristic center of Olkhon Island

Shaman Rock and 13 Columns of Serge

Situated near Saraiskiy bay

Khuzhir

the Starting Point to Discover Olkhon Island

Khuzhir village is a capital of “Pearl of Baikal”, Olkhon Island. The village is very small, but exploring the whole Island Olkhon will take about two days. Read about how to spend your time discovering Olkhon Island and its attractions you can here. In this topic, we will tell you about Khuzhir tourist attractions.

  • Village is situated in the center of Olkhon Island
  • Khuzhir is an important touristic point in Baikal region
  • Khuzhir is the capital of Olkhon Island
  • Village population – about 1500 people

 

Khuzhir Attractions

In past Khuzhir was a small fishing village. But over time, the number of international tourists increased and Khuzhir became a starting point to explore the Island.

Khuzhir

Khuzhir Roads

However, tourists can see not only the Baikal wild nature – there are some interesting places for them in the village.

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  • Touristic center of Olkhon Island

  • Shaman Rock and 13 Columns of Serge

  • Situated near Saraiskiy bay

Khuzhir

the Starting Point to Discover Olkhon Island

Khuzhir village is a capital of “Pearl of Baikal”, Olkhon Island. The village is very small, but exploring the whole Island Olkhon will take about two days. Read about how to spend your time discovering Olkhon Island and its attractions you can here. In this topic, we will tell you about Khuzhir tourist attractions.

  • Village is situated in the center of Olkhon Island
  • Khuzhir is an important touristic point in Baikal region
  • Khuzhir is the capital of Olkhon Island
  • Village population – about 1500 people

 

Khuzhir Attractions

In past Khuzhir was a small fishing village. But over time, the number of international tourists increased and Khuzhir became a starting point to explore the Island.

Khuzhir

Khuzhir Roads

However, tourists can see not only the Baikal wild nature – there are some interesting places for them in the village.

Local history Museum named after M. Revyakin

Nikolay Revyakin was a teacher of the local school in Khuzhir. In the early 1950s, he organized special classes of local history. After few years, on the base of these classes was created the Museum of Local History.
Currently, the Museum has a collection of more than 5,000 items covering the history of the island up to the present day. There are various things of Buryats life, a collection of rocks and minerals, objects of religious worship, interesting items of shamanism and shamanic customs.

13 Columns of Serge

Serge had extremely important part in life of Buryats in past. The word “Serge” means hitching post (special column for tying a horse). Usually, Buryats put Serge near entrance in a town, house or a sacred place, where live spirits. For any stranger these columns were like a sign that this land, house, or a territory has a master. The columns have three cuts: according to one version, the lower cut was for guests of the place where Serge was situated. Second or middle cut was for master of the Serge. And upper cut was for Gods and Spirits.
Today tourists can see 13 Serge near Shaman Rock. Visiting this sacred place of power, do not forget to make a wish and tie a colored band on the column. Different colors of the bands symbolize certain wishes: white means thanksgiving to local spirits and hope for their help; green – asking Trees and Grass for health; by red band you ask the Sun for wealth and prosperity.

Khuzhir

13 Columns of Serge

Shaman Rock

Shaman Rock situating near Khuzhir village is the most famous attraction on Baikal. The Rock with two peaks admires by its beauty and power. Buryat people believe that the cave inside the Rock is a home of the Son of God Khan-Khute Baabay. He was the oldest of the thirteen sons whom God sent to make judgment upon men. Descended to the earth, Khan-Khute chose the rock as his home. The Son of God became the master of the island Olkhon, as well as the protector of the entire shaman religion of the North. No wonder that in ancient times Shaman Rock was used for shamanistic rituals and sacrifices. Nowadays, local people treat this place with great respect and care.

Shaman Rock also called Burkhan Cape. These two names mean the same place

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Shaman Rock

Oshchepkov Art Gallery

There are thousands of published photos of Olkhon Island, but rich with bright colors and sunshine painting of Vladimir Oshchepkov and Arina Yatsyno unrealistically beautiful and original. Since 1992, the artists live permanently on the Olkhon Island, in Khuzhir. They designed and built their own studio with an art salon and gallery, where their own works are exhibited. In their paintings reflected life near the Great Lake Baikal, close to the main sacred place of the Lake – Shaman rock. All these paintings are in the Oshchepkov Art Gallery on the Island. In addition, visitors of the gallery can buy a picture as a souvenir.

How to get to Khuzhir

Learn how to reach Khuzhir and Olkhon Island

You will be surprised by the quality of the road from Irkutsk to the ferry crossing. However, on the Olkhon the roads are not quite the same.
Be cautious in using your own car, there would be big queues at the ferry crossing. In the worst-case scenario, you have to spend several hours waiting. But route buses and minibuses use the ferry without queuing. Moreover, there is only one gas station on the island Olkhon and local people prefer not to buy gas there.

A taxi service will cost you much more than a minibus trip – about 5,000 roubles one way.

The most widespread and the cheapest option. To go by minibus, tourists can always buy a ticket at the Bus Station and wait for their take off.
The other way to use public transport is to take a minibus on the Central Market. We marked this place on Irkutsk Map. The price to go from Irkutsk to Khuzhir is 400 roubles. Just find a minibus with inscription “Olkhon” or “Ольхон” (pay attention to our “useful terms” section) and take a seat. Pay directly to the driver when you have arrived to Khuzhir.
Cost is similar for both option.

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