Istanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2013 will begin with a ceremony at Ayasofya Square in Istanbul on Aug. 31, 2013
Istanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2013 will begin with a ceremony at Ayasofya Square in Istanbul on Aug. 31 so as to constitute a cultural tie between Istanbul and Gyeongju province of South Korea.
Countdown for Istanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo has started, according to a statement of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
The expo which is hosted by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Korea’s Gyeongsangbuk-do province and Gyeongju Municipality will last till September 22, 2013 and have 28 activities at 35 places.
Meanwhile, Silk Road voyage has started with a ceremony held in Gyeongju province on March 31. A convoy following routes of Xian (China), Dunhuang (China), Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran has entered Turkey via Agri-Dogubeyazit-Gurbulak border gate on August 23. The Silk Road convoy will later reach Istanbul on Aug. 31 after the ceremonies held in Erzurum, Urgup, Ankara, Izmir and Bursa provinces.
Korea state television accompanied the convoy along the voyage and will prepare a documentary film about the voyage.
In addition, about 1,500 guests from various countries will attend as well as the mayors of the provinces on the Silk Road route and Turkish Prime Minister is also expected to attend the expo.