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İstanbul – Korea World Culture Expo

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İstanbul – Korea Culture Expo which bridges eastern and western cultures has started on 31st of August. The main purpose is commingling the cultures of these two countries and presenting each other. The works which represent Turkish – Korean cultures will be exhibited in this organisation.

İstanbul - Korea Culture Expo

İstanbul – Korea World Culture Expo which will have guests from more than 30 countries, will be presented with 28 different activities in 35 different locations. Municipality of İstanbul has devoted 6.8. billion of Turkish Liras for this organisation. İstanbul – Korea Culture Expo which had a magnificent opening on 31st August is pursuing. Around 40 thousands of tourists are expected for this organisation.

There are some attractive activities like Turkey – Korea Symphony Orchestra, World Dance Festival in the organisation. There is a caravan for İstanbul and Gyeongju which represents start and end points of Silk Road. People who wonder this caravan can see it in Sultanahmet Square. Silk Road Caravan will also visit İzmir, Bursa, Ankara, Ürgüp and Erzurum.

İstanbul - Korea Culture Expo

İstanbul – Korea World Culture Expo which is organized since 19th century is waiting for it’s visitors. If you have time, you should see it.

Hagia Sophia: Gorgeous Athmosphere

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İstanbul:  A living miracle. A treasure of thousand years. Byzantines, Ottomans, now Turkish people.  Byzantines created a wonderful capital, with full of temples and monuments. Their buildings make you enter the world of fairy tales. You can smell the odour of churches, imagine the people of the 11. century.

One of the most beatiful buildings: Hagia sophia. A great temple, large, tall and wonderful. İt is made in the age of emperor Justinianus. He was a cruel king, but cared much about the monumental buildings, especially churches. He dreamed a church that will make his name to live forever. And he succeed. 10.000 people worked for his dream. Construction lasted five years.

 

The mosaics inside are wonderful. Theyre precious art works. Every mosaic has a special and religious meaning. And it would be better you see the Hagia Sophia with a tourist guide. He can tell you the mystery of the church. You will learn lots of things about the culture of that age and the Orthodox belief.

 

İn 1453, Fatih Sultan Mehmet  conquered Constantinople, and the name of the wonderful city changed: İstanbul. Fatih turned the church into a mosque. And builded four minarets around Hagia Sophia. They put İslamic tables (Hat, a traditional İslamic art)  But, the Christian mosaics are stil there. So, mosaics and İslamic hat art live together in the chuch peacefully.

Buy a Hagia Sophia museum ticket, enter the real fairy tale, smell the odour of the history, enjoy the Byzantine and Ottoman art.

Galata Tower: An Astonishing Travel To The Past

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İstanbul lets you to feel the odour of fairy tales and history. She is like a middle aged beatiful woman, with lots of lovers. You can feel the soul of İstanbul, when you see the city, old buildings, new buildings, a big khaos, people from 19. century, people from Europe, America, Asia.. The colorful atmosphere will amaze you. İt is not important whether you are rich or poor, İstanbul has something to offer you. İf you are an artist, you can see, İstanbul is the capital of art, for he region. if you want to have fun, you must see the beatiful bars and clubs. İf you are a writer, you can find amazing stories. And if you are interested in history, you have lots things to see. One of them is, Galata Tower, an old tower in Galata, Beyoglu.

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İt is told that, Galata Tower was builded by people of Genoa. Since that age, the tower is the most beatiful building of the area. Very tall, made of stones, and you can go to the upside by using the elevator. İts an amazing building, full of history. when you reach the top, you will see the gorgeous view: The Bosphorus and the city. Lots of minarets, ships and sea gulls. Beautiful and inspiring. But, dont give your all time to take photographs, just enjoy your time. Breathe the fresh İstanbul air, see the beauty and also, you can talk to the tourists upside. İt has a huge and circle balcony, and you can see all the views of İstanbul.

Galata Kulesi 

İn Ottoman age, the government used it as a fire department. The fire man could see the fire from the top, than they went to the burning building. Today, it is like a museum. You buy a ticket, and enter. Tourists love here. İt is one of the most inspiring places, it is hard to feel unhappy at the top. Go to Galata Tower and have fun…

Discover Forum Istanbul

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Do not forget to stop by when you are next shopping malls in Istanbul. Where you can find hundreds of domestic and foreign brands in shopping malls and eat and drink, as well as do some shopping. If you love to spend time with the Forum Istanbul shopping malls are just perfect for you. Shopping centers are usually a bit cold structures. However, the structure of the Forum Istanbul fun with a cozy atmosphere. Events held on certain days of the month wrapped up with a lively this place, instead of a shopping center, as the world of entertainment.

Forum İstanbul

Clothing, shoes, bags, telecommunications, construction market, food and beverage, design / accessories, household goods stores as well as many in the hosting are in Forum Istanbul, this mall also have movie theaters. If you are interested in art or culture, which was released the movie you want to watch a new movie theaters Forum Istanbul is extremely spacious and the sound system is outstanding.

Forum Istanbul Located in Istanbul Bayrampasa is also extremely easy to transport. As you can access using the metro line, use alternatives such as buses and minibuses.Forum Istanbul doesn’t forget families with children. 8 family room, the mother, father and arranged for the needs of children and maintenance of the toilet.Dining Located on high chairs, a microwave and bottle warmers again brings great benefits to families. Magic Hands Kids Club gets to spend a pleasant time with the parents and their children while they were shopping.

Forum İstanbul

On an area of ​​30,000 square meters, 265 national and international brand alone with the Forum Istanbul in Turkey but also Europe’s largest shopping center. Are you ready to hit the road to visit this magnificent shopping center?

2013 Istanbul Biennial

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Conceptual art is the new artifical platform where art, place and idea meet. İn this world, concept is everything. İdea is more important than aesthetics in classical meaning. Also, its fun. İf you want to find the secret, what artist want you to think, think. Maybe he just wants you to think. İf you dont care, just hang out in a place where colours and ideas fly.

İstanbul has a worldwide biennial, every year. Artists from New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong kong, Mumbai, Cairo come here and perform ideas, not only art. They are always the best, in their area. İn Bienal season, İstanbul is a very colorful city, in every part of the city, you can see art works, in museums, art galleries in İstiklal Street, some special places like Yerebatan Sarnıcı. Historical places are better because you can enjoy the place and art together.

This year, İstanbul Biennial starts in 14 September. The curator of the Biennial is Fulya Erdemci, working as a manager for İstanbul Biennals for year. This year, the name of the Biennial is “Mom am i barbarian?” This is the name of a book of a famous poet, Lale Müldür. She is well known in art society in Turkey, also a very good poet.

The concept of the Biennial is public sphere. A very important subject such a country like Turkey. İt is the beginning point of the most political controversy in Turkey.

Grand Bazaar: A Journey To 16. Century

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İstanbul is the only place you can enjoy the crowd. Lots of people, from different countries, talking different languages, believing different religions. You can feel harmony, love and synergy.

Grand bazaar is at the historical peninsula, Sultanahmed. Sultanahmed is a place where historical buildings exist. Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Yerebatan and Grand Bazaar. Grand Bazaar is an old and large bazaar, when you enter the large door of Grand Bazaar, you will see spice shops, carpet shops  and jewelry.. You will smell the spices of the east, and their colours are wonderful. A spice shop is a good place to take a photographs. Carpets are wonderful, old Persian and Turkish art Works. All the sellers are smiling and calling you to their shops, you  can talk to them and learn something from them. You may buy someting, or just walk away.

This is a typical middle eastern bazaar. İt was builded by Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han in 1461. The difference of Grand Bazaar is, its enourmously huge. İt has 4.000 shops, 66 streets, 5 mosques and 24 doors.

You may find places to have a tea or turkish coffee inside, to relax and enjoy the place. Than you can go on walking and get lost in the labyrinth. According to your budget, you can buy a small thing as a present for your relatives, or a very expensive Persian carpet.

One day at Cevahir

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When you think of shopping malls in Istanbul, Cevahir Shopping Centre is undoubtedly the first that comes to mind. Cevahir integrated hometown is so that you do not want to complete your tour to Istanbul without any fee. Cevahir has six floors and each floor of the store. These stores will often appeal to who looking for quality products. Where you can find a combination of domestic and foreign brands are looking for a shopping center Cevahir is for you.

Cevahir on the top floor are the places to eat. Recommend that you go during the week because it is very crowded on the weekends. After Cevahir shopping, dine on the top floor, sip your coffee, then go to the top floor. You can drink your coffee in view of Istanbul from watching yourself.

So nice to find a combination of dozens of brands while shopping. Also capture time off (eg, Shopping Fest) you can buy hundreds of products in a very affordable price.Cevahir in Sisli Mecidiyeköy and is extremely easy to reach by metro. When you go to the Şişli Metro subway stop and go into the entering into Cevahir shopping center continued to exit.

Do not forget to consult the brochure describing the specific Cevahir schematically. This brochure, which you can find on the floor, which writes the store. Because it is quite a large shopping mall so Cevahir brochure may be needed.

Cezayir Street: A Fabulous Atmosphere

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Beyoglu is not just an other world, it has the synergy of diversity. When you start to walk on İstiklal Street, you can see a Russian tourist playing violin, keep walking, you will see African musicians making their authentic music, different faces from all over the world will amaze you, artists, business man, Arabic, European, Asian people, now you see a Japanese music group making traditional Japaneese music, let the synergy feel you groovy, take a deep breathe and enjoy your moments.

Cezayir Street

Cezayir Street

When you are bored of the crowd, enter an old lane, feel the smell of İstanbul, you will discover the labyrinth of Beyoglu, get lost. There are lots of small streets behind İstiklal Street. One of them is Cezayir Street. İt is on a hill, all the street is full of bars and cafes. There are lots of bars, playing different kinds of music, some play blues, some play loud pop music. You can have a brownie or eat something, have a beer or drink wine, let the music give you peace.

Cezayir Street

Cezayir Street

This place is full of music and joy. There is no big crowd like İstiklal, only people drinking beer, having fun, enjoying the music. The bars on this street is a bit more expensive than the other places on Beyoglu. But, they are all high quality. You can see well dressed gentleman and elegant women talking silently. İn an other bar, you can see people dancing and having fun.

The most important feature of the street is its cheerful atmosphere, it is the best choice to hang out in Cezayir Street with your friends, girl friend or boy friend..

Istanbul Vintage Stations

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Istanbul is a paradise for second hand vintage shops and markets!Small antique shops, vintage stores, flea markets used to know which one do you prefer, but all of them are in abundance in Istanbul. For those who love the old household items, antique street of a small-scale is in Kadikoy. 1960 On this street, many dating from the 1970s, glassware, ceramics, cameras, porcelain, gramophones, records and is not surprising to find similar products. Moreover, prices are also very reasonable.

Established in the vicinity of the fabric market in Kadikoy on Fridays Fikirtepe second-hand clothes, and be able to meet with vendors selling household goods .On Sundays, Bomonti Feriköy Top Flea established. You can be able to find every vintage product. You can find many second hand / vintage watchmaker in Feriköy market.

You can able to find the many vintage clothes shop at Cihangir side.  Most of the shops selling over the internet, but it is a pleasure to go instead of breathing the atmosphere of another. This second-hand or vintage shops of all kinds designed dresses, skirts, jackets, shirts, shoes, able to find.Apparel products as well as many other accessories are also available. Second hand / vintage lovers are advised to visit these places.

Peace Time

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İstanbul, the city of dreams and fairy tales. A gorgeous history, great wonders and buildings which are all the treasures of cultural heritage. People from all over the world, when youre walking in İstanbul streets, you can hear a couple speaking French, an Arabian family, Japaneese people taking photos. All the Turkish people are very nice to them. Turkish hospitality is very famous. Turkish people generally love foreigners, and try to help them. Colorful İstanbul streets will amaze you. Turkey is the geographic centre of the region. And İstanbul was the wonderful capitol of Ottoman Empire. All the culture, music, foods, languages, books were centralizing into İstanbul. This made a great culture. A culture of joy, cheer and big chaos.

The Prince İslands are the jewelry of İstanbul. You buy a ferry boat ticket and wait the time of the sailing time. Sit outside of the ferry, and watch the wonderful İstanbul view. Mosques, old buildings, new buildings, bridges and ships. You can see the people throwing simit to sea gulls. Simit is a traditional turkish circular bread. Sea gulls catch them. The ferry boat sail and slowly you are going to The Prince İslands. Smell the air and the odour of the sea. Hear the sounds of the cheerful people speaking English, German, Korean, Indian.. Feel the love, feel groovy.

The long ferry trip is like a meditation. Its one the most relaxing journey. There are four big islands. Choose one of them, and when your ferry arrives the island you choose, step your foot on the land. You can ask Turkish people where you can go, have a meal or have a beer. Or you can try Turkish tea. Walk the old island ways, see the wonderful İstanbul buildings, take photos and feel the music of İstanbul.

Transportation information :

Istanbul Şehir Hatları: http://www.sehirhatlari.com.tr/tr/seferler/adalar-hatlari-353.html

Istanbul Deniz Otobüsü: http://www.ido.com.tr/