[The World in Korea]Turkey in Seoul: The Istanbul Cultural Center
Thanks to the two countries’ time-tested relationship, Turkey is often
called a “brother” to Korea. In 1998, the Istanbul Cultural Center was
established in the Jamwon neighborhood in Seoul’s Seocho District to
maintain and develop this special bond. Since then, the private
institute has grown into a bridge between the two countries, providing
various Turkey-related materials to the Korean public.
Visitors may view or borrow books on the transcontinental country
classified by category, as well as visual materials and various
periodicals that provide tourist tips and information on Turkey’s
domestic situation. The center’s small exhibition hall displays
photographs, artworks, clothes, handicrafts, folk art, and ceramics,
and the materials on show rotate by exhibition period.
Taking in the exhibits, particularly the uniquely patterned Turkish
clothes and colorfully decorated ceramics, visitors will soon forget
that they are in Korea, finding themselves on a virtual trip to
The Istanbul Cultural Center serves its mission by offering
opportunities to learn about and experience Turkey in depth. These
include special lectures; academic exchange programs; exhibitions and
events; culture, history, and Turkish language classes; and tourism
programs between Turkey and Korea.
Written by Lee Haeng-rim
Illustrated by EEWHA