Korsakov (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), Russia

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Founded in 1853 as Sakhalin's first Russian military post, Korsakov would later serve as a penal colony. Ruled by Japan between 1905 and 1945, and later reclaimed by the Soviet Union, Korsakov is the place where Japan and Korea left imprint of their sojourn here on Russian culture. Though its tumultuous history includes power struggles and forced labor, the town is the perfect picture of tranquility today.

Being the south sea gateway of Sakhalin, Korsakov leads you to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the island's administrative capital and popular tourist destination. Due to Sakhalin's significant natural resources the city is surging with prosperity. Here, you can see a fascinating mix of modern buildings, museums and executive offices sitting comfortably with Russian and Japanese structures.

Note: Korsakov is an anchorage port. Transportation from ship to shore is via the ship's tender service.

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  • Sakhalin Regional Museum (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) Sakhalin Regional Museum (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

    The building, reminiscent of a pagoda, was erected during the Karafuto period as a Karafuto museum. Today, the museum contains a collection of eclectic exhibits.

  • Church of St. Nicholas (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) Church of St. Nicholas (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

    An example of one of the simplest, as well as oldest, types of wooden churches. Built from round-frame logs, its roof is topped with the iconic gold onion domes and Russian Orthodox crosses

  • Square of Glory (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) Square of Glory (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

    Site dedicated to Russia's triumph in Second World War and its reclaim of the island and the Soviet soldiers who died during Sakhalin's liberation of 1945.

  • Lenin Square (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) Lenin Square (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

    Like in many Russian towns, statues of Lenin still stand and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is no exception. In the center of the main square you'll have a chance to take photos of the towering symbol of the Soviet Russia looking down on the square and a number of smaller monuments.

  • City Mall (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) City Mall (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

    The biggest shopping mall on Sakhalin will offer you various Russian goods along with a chance to buy traditional Russian souvenirs.

  • Viewing Platform (Korsakov) Viewing Platform (Korsakov)

    At the town's top hill where you will be able to see the port clearly and enjoy a spectacular view of your ship anchored in the bay.

  • Cultural Center (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) Cultural Center (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

    Enjoy a small folkloric performance of the local singers and dancers and take marvelous photos with artists in their bright colorful costumes. You will also have a chance to look at and buy traditional Russian souvenirs so that you may bring a bit of an island back home.

  • Bear Museum (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) Bear Museum (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

    The Bear Museum was opened for visitors in 2010 based on the «Bear Entertainment» Figurine Exhibition. The collection contains more than 1500 exhibits of the XVIII–XX centuries. Among them bear figurines made of fir, wood, clay, metal, bone and stone, the Russian old household items and folk handicraft items from all over Russia. Most of the exhibits were made by Perm, Moscow and Sakhalin craftsmen.


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