In every corner of the world there are places which are believed to grant wishes. We found 6 such spots in Novosibirsk, from rather serious to just funny ones, which you may consider to visit during your traveling around Russia.
Museum of Happiness
How people are seeking happiness? Well, the question is a difficult one, but many people ask God or spirits of nature for fortunes. That is why there are lots of amulets and talismans people carry around to achieve their goals. Museum of happiness bring together a huge exhibition of such accessories and all other things that people are using while seeking happiness.
Firstly a moving installation, the exhibition later transformed into permanent museum. The objects for the museum were collected from all around the world and demonstrate very different views on wishing the good luck from different parts of the world.
Here you can find a Christmas tree and make a wish under its branches, no matter what season is outside. The Russian informal symbol of luck – old train tickets with 6 numbers where three left numbers equal the three right ones – also can be found here. Actually, there is a whole collection of it, which you can also touch for a bit of luck. More traditional lucky symbols are also present. You can see horseshoes; sew a button to an umbrella for a lucky season, touch feathers in a tail of Blue bird and etc.
Here you can see the very happy part of Russian traditions and feel happiness in the air.
Where: 1905 year str., 13
‘Vovka in a Far Far Away Kingdom’ monument
The monument of famous character from Russian cartoons of Soviet times was placed in Novosibirsk by the sculptor Alexey Agripolyansky.
This character is known for being extremely lazy, he didn’t do anything except from making wishes for things he wanted. In the end of the animation Vovka transforms from coach potato to nice and hard-working guy. In addition to seeing the famous character, you can also scrub the nose of the figure and make a wish. According to popular beliefs, two persons from box, the two magical friends of Vovka, will grant it.
Where: Krylova str. 61a
The monument of Love
One of the most popular places in town, the monument of Love is a unique place where people make peace after quarrelling and ask their loved ones to marry them. According to city beliefs, there is no girl who can say ‘no’ to a guy proposing near this monument which is also called the Stone
Heart. Some also believe that by scribing the name of your crush you can drive him \ her towards you. No wonder, this place seems so magical for the young people being deeply in love.
Where: Pervomayskiy garden square
Chapel of the Icon of the Mother of God ‘Vladimirskaya’
This small monument was constructed in 2002 in memory of all warriors who suffered for their belief in Motherland. From the beginning it may seems little odd to be considered as a place for people seeking happiness, but it has a story which proves such feelings wrong. There is a common belief that if you have some heavy burden on your shoulders or have some troubles with your health, you can visit the chapel and pray for your health, in the end the wish will be granted.
Where: Sibiryakov-Gvardeytsev str., 7\1
The Wishing well
Small wooden well is located on the new shill alley near the Sibirsky Mall. According to its’ constructors it grants wishes for everyone who puts a coin inside. Even if this well is purely a joke, we still have a tradition to toss a coin to water somewhere in the city to return here once more. If you fall in love with Novosibirsk, you should definitely try it!
Where: Frunze str., 238
Decision Making Point
Close to the Red Torch theatre building the small monument was constructed. It was designed for all who doesn’t believe in magic, destiny or wishes coming true. Here you can sit in a peace and quiet and think about ways to making you wishes true without any magic, but with the help of your own actions.
Where: Dimitrova str., 2
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