KIRŞEHİR – Anatolia News Agency
The Kalehöyük Archaeological Museum is the first of its kind in Turkey in terms of architectural structure and museum management. It is the home of artifacts from different eras. AA Photo
A museum, established in the Anatolian province of Kaman district in Kirehir with support from the Japanese foreign ministry, saw 30,000 foreign and Turkish tourists, most of them Japanese, pass through its doors.
The Kaman Kalehöyük Archaeological Museum has been an important key to the city’s tourism, said Kirşehir Governor Özdemir Çakacak. Excavation work has been carried out by the Japanese government in Kalehöyük since 1986 and the area is also home to a Japanese garden and an archaeological institute, he said.
The Kalehöyük Archaeological Museum in Kaman’s Çağırkan district draws crowds with its unique architecture and incredible selection of artwork, according to the mayor. “Japanese tourists, who are very interested in history and culture, pay special attention to the museum, which was established by their own government,” he said.
The museum received 30,000 tourists in 2012, according to Çakacak. “When you consider that nearly 90,000 tourists visit the Cappadocia region every year, you can see that we have very good tourism potential. Kaman houses a museum where works of art discovered by Japanese archaeologists during excavations are exhibited, as well as a Japanese garden. There is also the Institute of Archeology next to the museum. They are very important tourist attractions. Japanese tourists are particularly curious about both the museum and the institute. We want to attract the interest of the Japanese to the city center, ”he said.
The mayor of Kırşehir Yaşar Bahçeci intended to establish a Japanese garden, a Japanese house and an archaeological museum in the city center. “The goal is to increase the variety of Japanese tourist attractions in addition to thermal baths. They show great interest especially for Cappadocia. We are working to attract Japanese tourists, who come to Cappadocia, to send a few days to Kırşehir. When we get there, Kırşehir city center will welcome more foreign tourists. We have spa hotels in the center. A new and large spa hotel has also been opened recently, ”Çakacak said.
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The Kalehöyük Archaeological Museum, which displays artifacts discovered during the Kaman Kalehöyğk excavations initiated in 1986 with the contribution of Japanese scientists, has a mound-like architecture. It was inaugurated on July 10, 2010 during a ceremony attended by Japanese Prince Tomohito Mikasa and Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertuğrul Günay.
The museum is the first of its kind in Turkey in terms of architectural structure and museum management. It houses artifacts from the Iron Age, the Hittite and Assyrian trading colony era, the Old and Late Bronze Age, and the Ottoman era.
The museum aims to educate visitors, especially children, and uses 3D animation for the first time in Turkey. In addition, the museum’s seals can be seen on 3D screens. The small-scale model of the ancient site of Kalehöyük as well as unclassified archaeological materials, which visitors can touch, also attract the attention of visitors. The museum also received the “Green Good Design Award” in 2010.