It’s important to understand and appreciate your heritage and the same applies to the beautiful abode of the Yurt. A definition of a yurt describes it as a portable dwelling of Central Asian nomads.

Shakti Yurt - Gower Peninsular
Shakti Yurt, Gower Peninsular

We know it as more than that. Yurts are now permanent fixtures for all to enjoy on glamping trips the width and breadth of the country. Yurts in Wales, yurts in wonderful tranquil locations, in secret spots that are tucked away from everyday life, yurts are versatile and they sure make great dwellings, whether it’s for a holiday or for day-to-day living. And now they may be recognised as a cultural heritage of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan by the end of this year.

According to known record, yurts have been used in Central Asia for three thousand years. When Kazakhs and Kyrgyz people were leading a nomadic lifestyle, the size and decoration of the yurt signified the social standing of the owner. Some shepherds and villagers do still use yurts on a daily basis as an additional portable dwelling.

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan submitted an application to the UNESCO in order to have the traditional Turkic yurt added to the intangible cultural heritage list. The committee, according to the General Director of the UNESCO Irina Bokova, will deliberate the request in November.

The two Central Asian countries also want to make the technology of yurt making part of the intangible cultural heritage.

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