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A wholly underappreciated and often skipped leg of the Trans Siberian railiroad, Irkutsk really surprised me with it’s sights, atmosphere and cheap vodka.

I guess it could be said that this is actually my first leg of the Trans Siberian route with my 30 hour Beijing to Ulaan Batataar and my 36 hour Ulaan Bataar to Irkustk journeys strictly being the Trans Mongolian express, whichever you look at it it was certainly my first stop in Russia, my first experience of a country I’ve dreamed about visiting since I was a kid and my first realization that I’m not in Asia anymore.

Kazan Church Irkutsk

After the luxury of my 4 bed cabin into Irkutsk, arriving at 7am, I spent an hour and a half trying to hunt down my hostel (IF hostel, great place), 20kgs on my back, -5 degrees outside and not a word of English spoken by the overwhelming majority of locals, this certainly finally felt like Siberia. And despite the uncomfortable situation I was in, I was still loving it.

 

After wandering around aimlessly I managed to stumble across my hostel, Dimitri the computer programming Russian hipster who owner the hostel hooked us up with maps, a great wifi connection (allowing me to write and post this, deal with advertisers etc) and some ideas on where to go. I knew I was saving Lake Baikal for tomorrow (LINK) so a day sightseeing in my first Russian city was on the cards, there are few better ways to experience a new city or country than pounding the streets for a few hours, so that’s exactly what I did. Here are 5 great things to see in Irkutsk:

 

Tsar Alexander the third:

Right on the waterfront promenade is Alexander III standing loud and proud complete with the most awesome Russian beard.

tsar alexander 3rd 

Seal show at Akvarium Nerpy:

Straight from Lake Baikal’s fresh water are a couple of seals, Nessie and Tito, who perform quick shows every hour or so for about $3 entrance. Believe it or not, they can sing, do maths and breakdance.

  seal show irkutsk

Bogoyavlensky Cathedral:

This is what a Cathedral should look like. It brighten ups the seafront with it’s golden spires and Russian architecture. The whole area around the cathedral is pretty nice with monasteries, smaller churches and government buildings but the Cathedral steals the show.

Bogoyavlensky Cathedral 

Our Lady of  Kazan:

The brand new church is about a 45 minute walk from the Bogoyavlensky Cathedral but it’s absolutely the highlight of my time in Irkutsk. I’ve been dreaming about coming to Russia for year, and this orthodox Church confirmed every dream I’ve had about what Russian sights should look like, absolutely beautiful.

Our lady of kazan irkutsk

The architecture and Soviet statutes everywhere!

I was trying to decide which should be the fifth thing to include so I kopped out and included everything. With this being my first stop in Russia I was so excited to be seeing everything, from Lenin and Karl Marx Street, to the communist statues dotted around the city, to the oh so very Russian buildings like the train station and former parliament. Just follow the walking path suggested (there are signs everywhere) and you’ll get a chance to soak it all in.

russian statues

Russian architechture

I’m off to Omsk, and then on to Astana Kazakhstan next but I can’t speak highly enough of Irkutsk. Ignore the haters, put this on your itinerary when you’re jumping on the Trans Siberian and go easy on the vodka, a messy, messy night ensued after the sight seeing! Happy travels!

 

 

 

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35 thoughts on “Things to see in Irkutsk

  1. Just because you are Irkutsk doesn’t mean you can’t score some quality weed and other stuffs. Dont get from the streets because the Cannabis laws here are still kind of harsh.

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  3. OMG I remember Greenie, he was also our hook up in Irkutsk. Calm dude and doesnt talk much. But yeah his weed and hash is the best. He really made our stay in Irkutsk worthwhile. He is the best if you are looking for a great time in Irkutsk , you can reach him at ** GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM**. I will recommend him to you anytime and day. You can thank me later.

  4. Hello stoners , after reading comments here I decided to contact Greenie about getting green in Irkutsk. I was so impressed because he got me the best quality I ever had. You can reach him 
    ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) and he will get you the best quality in Irkutsk. Thanks to him, im having a good time in Irkutsk..

  5. Just because you are Irkutsk doesn’t mean you can’t score some quality weed and other stuffs. Dont get from the streets because the Cannabis laws here are still kind of harsh.

    The safest and most discreet way to buy is from a local. Personally I recommend Atkin (weedontime@gmailcom). He is a lifesaver and always have in stock quality bud, bricks and many others. He is absolutely the best plug you can deal with. Very friendly and professional and moreover Atkin is highly recommended by other stoners here in Irkutsk.
    Believe me or not he is the way to go.

    You can also find him on telegram as: kushkonnection

  6. Getting top quality weed, hash, pills and coke is easy if you know the right people to deal with. We highly recommend our reliable local vendor ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) he has extensive knowledge of Thailand and can hook you up with the best quality of bud without any hassle. Just hit him up and place your order. He is very professional and keep things discreet. You won’t regret dealing with him. Email “green420days(at)gmail(dot)com “.

  7. OMG I remember Greenie, he was also our hook up in Irkutsk. Calm dude and doesnt talk much. But yeah his weed and hash is the best. He really made our stay in Irkutsk worthwhile. He is the best if you are looking for a great time in Irkutsk, you can reach him at ** GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM**. I will recommend him to you anytime and day. You can thank me later..

  8. Hello stoners , after reading comments here I decided to contact Greenie about getting green in Irkutsk. I was so impressed because he got me the best quality I ever had. You can reach him 
    ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) and he will get you the best quality in Irkutsk. Thanks to him, im having a good time in Irkutsk.

  9. I finally found a reliable plug after reading from Hans below. Atkin is a way to go. He sells the best stuffs you are looking for. He has high quality buds and others.
    You get to him via weedontime@gmailcom

    You can also find him on telegram as…..budkonnection

  10. Hello stoners, after reading comments here I decided to contact Greenie about getting green in Irkutsk.. I was so impressed because he got me the best quality I ever had. You can reach him 
    ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) and he will get you the best quality in Irkutsk. Thanks to him, im having a good time in Irkutsk.

  11. OMG I remember Greenie, he was also our hook up in Irkutsk. Calm dude and doesnt talk much. But yeah his weed and hash is the best. He really made our stay in Irkutsk worthwhile.. He is the best if you are looking for a great time in Irkutsk, you can reach him at ** GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM**. I will recommend him to you anytime and day. You can thank me later..

  12. Getting top quality weed, hash, pills and coke is easy if you know the right people to deal with. We highly recommend our reliable local vendor ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) he has extensive knowledge of Thailand and can hook you up with the best quality of bud without any hassle. Just hit him up and place your order.. He is very professional and keep things discreet. You won’t regret dealing with him. Email “green420days(at)gmail(dot)com “.

  13. I finally found a reliable plug after reading from Hans below. Atkin is a way to go. He sells the best stuffs you are looking for. He has high quality buds and others.
    You get to him via weedontime@gmailcom

    You can also find him on telegram as….budkonnection

  14. Getting top quality weed, hash, pills and coke is easy if you know the right people to deal with. We highly recommend our reliable local vendor ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) he has extensive knowledge of Thailand and can hook you up with the best quality of bud without any hassle. Just hit him up and place your order. He is very professional and keep things discreet. You won’t regret dealing with him. Email “green420days(at)gmail(dot)com “

  15. OMG I remember Greenie, he was also our hook up in Irkutsk. Calm dude and doesnt talk much. But yeah his weed and hash is the best. He really made our stay in Irkutsk worthwhile. He is the best if you are looking for a great time in Irkutsk, you can reach him at ** GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM**. I will recommend him to you anytime and day. You can thank me later.

  16. Hello stoners, after reading comments here I decided to contact Greenie about getting green in Irkutsk. I was so impressed because he got me the best quality I ever had. You can reach him 
    ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) and he will get you the best quality in Irkutsk. Thanks to him, im having a good time in Irkutsk .

  17. I finally found a reliable plug after reading from Hans below. Atkin is a way to go. He sells the best stuffs you are looking for. He has high quality buds and others.
    You get to him via weedontime@gmailcom

    You can also find him on telegram as…budkonnection

  18. Getting top quality weed, hash, pills and coke is easy if you know the right people to deal with. We highly recommend our reliable local vendor ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) he has extensive knowledge of Thailand and can hook you up with the best quality of bud without any hassle . Just hit him up and place your order. He is very professional and keep things discreet. You won’t regret dealing with him. Email “green420days(at)gmail(dot)com “

  19. Getting top quality weed, hash, pills and coke is easy if you know the right people to deal with. We highly recommend our reliable local vendor ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) he has extensive knowledge of Thailand and can hook you up with the best quality of bud without any hassle. Just hit him up and place your order. He is very professional and keep things discreet. You won’t regret dealing with him. Email “green420days(at)gmail(dot)com “

  20. I finally found a reliable plug after reading from Hans below. Atkin is a way to go. He sells the best stuffs you are looking for. He has high quality buds and others.
    You get to him via weedontime@gmailcom

    You can also find him on telegram as:: budkonnection

  21. OMG I remember Greenie, he was also our hook up in Irkutsk. Calm dude and doesnt talk much. But yeah his weed and hash is the best. He really made our stay in Irkutsk worthwhile. He is the best if you are looking for a great time in Irkutsk, you can reach him at ** GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM**. I will recommend him to you anytime and day. You can thank me later.

  22. Hello stoners, after reading comments here I decided to contact Greenie about getting green in Irkutsk. I was so impressed because he got me the best quality I ever had. You can reach him 
    ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) and he will get you the best quality in Irkutsk. Thanks to him, im having a good time in Irkutsk.

  23. Getting top quality weed, hash, pills and coke is easy if you know the right people to deal with. We highly recommend our reliable local vendor ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) he has extensive knowledge of Thailand and can hook you up with the best quality of bud without any hassle. Just hit him up and place your order. He is very professional and keep things discreet. You won’t regret dealing with him. Email “green420days(at)gmail(dot)com “

  24. I finally found a reliable plug after reading from Hans below. Atkin is a way to go. He sells the best stuffs you are looking for. He has high quality buds and others.
    You get to him via weedontime@gmailcom

    You can also find him on telegram as:: budkonnection

  25. Getting top quality weed, hash, pills and coke is easy if you know the right people to deal with. We highly recommend our reliable local vendor ( GREEN420DAYS@GMAIL.COM ) he has extensive knowledge of Thailand and can hook you up with the best quality of bud without any hassle. Just hit him up and place your order. He is very professional and keep things discreet. You won’t regret dealing with him. Email “green420days(at)gmail(dot)com “

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