Astana-Bayterek MonumentThe Bayterek Monument has a special meaning for the capital of Kazakhstan. Bayterek means “a poplar” in Kazakh: a young, strong, growing tree, which symbolizes the young independent state with strong roots pushing its way upwards. The monument is 97 meters high, which symbolizes 1997 — the year of proclaiming Astana as the country’s new capital. The significance of Bayterek is reinforced with the artistic composition titled Ayaly Alakan (which means caring hands in Kazakh), with a print of the right hand of the President. The monument has adorned the Left Bank of the Ishim River since 2002, towering opposite the Presidential Palace. You can climb the monumental Tree to the 97-meter height and enjoy the unique chance of viewing the city from above with its magnificent architectural ensemble on Nurzhol Boulevard, and you can place your hand on the print of the hand of the Nation Leader.