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Massive Japanese-style park to open in central Turkey

KONYA - Anatolia News Agency | 8/4/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Construction on the largest park in Turkey is almost complete and the park will be open to visitors by the end of the month, the mayor of Konya has said.

Construction on the largest park in Turkey is almost complete and the park will be open to visitors by the end of the month, the mayor of the central Anatolian city of Konya has said.

The 36,000-square-meter Japanese Kyoto Park, constructed by the Konya Metropolitan Municipality based on Japanese culture and architectural styles, includes a 4,000-square-meter lake, a Japanese garden, a 500-square-meter café, terraces, stone and wooden bridges, stone lighthouses, small islands, three entrance gates, natural hills and Japanese trees and plants.

Konya Mayor Tahir Akyürek said the park, which cost nearly 2 million Turkish Liras, would open to visitors at the end of this month and would make an important contribution to the city’s tourism.

“This is the largest park in Turkey and one of the largest parks in the world. The Japanese ambassador, the Kyoto mayor and other Japanese guests have visited the park and liked it very much,” Akyürek said. “Considering Japanese tourists’ interest in Konya, this place will be a center of attraction for Japanese guests.”

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