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Official seal of Esik
Esik is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
Coordinates: 43°21′N 77°28′E / 43.350°N 77.467°E / 43.350; 77.467Coordinates: 43°21′N 77°28′E / 43.350°N 77.467°E / 43.350; 77.467
Country Kazakhstan
Region Almaty Region
First settled XIX
Founded 1858
Incorporated (city) 1968
 • Total 25.8 km2 (10.0 sq mi)
Elevation 1,214 m (3,983 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 34,355
Time zone UTC (UTC+6)
Postal code 040400 (town)
Area code(s) +7 72775
License plate 05, B

Esik (Kazakh: Есік, also spelled Issyk, Yesik and Yesyk) is a town in Almaty Region of Kazakhstan, the administrative center of Enbekshikazakh District. It is located on the Issyk River, at the foot of the Tian Shan, 53 km east of Almaty and 112 km over the mountains from Issyk Kul Lake. Population: 34,355 (2009 Census results);[1] 31,254 (1999 Census results).[1]

It was founded by Cossacks in 1858 as stanitsa Nadezhdinskaya. The Issyk kurgan of the famous "Golden Man" is nearby.

A cataphract-style parade armour from gold scales of Sakas' King found in Issyk in Kazakhstan in 1970[2]

The nearby Issyk Lake (not to be confused with the much greater Issyk Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan) is mostly famous for the way it was created (as a result of an ancient natural landslide damming a valley), destroyed (another natural landslide destroying that dam in 1963, with a subsequent damage to the city of Esik as well), and re-created (with human help).

US Peace Corps[edit]

Esik served as the host community for the 20th group of US Peace Corps OCAP (Organization and Community Assistance Program) volunteers in Kazakhstan during their initial training. 20 families hosted the volunteers for 3 months, beginning with their arrival in the country in August 2008.

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  1. ^ a b "Население Республики Казахстан" (in Russian). Департамент социальной и демографической статистики. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ K.A.Akishev "Issyk Mound, The art of Saka in Kazakhstan", Moscow Isusstvo Publishers 1978