Situated in the Sariyer, district of Istanbul, Emirgan Park covers the area of 47.2 hectares which is surrogated high walls. Previously named as ‘’Feridun Gardens,’’ that area was called Emirgan Park anymore. Because the park was given by Ottoman Emperor Murat IV as a present to Persian Emir Gune Han (Ameer Gune Khan) in the 17th century. Then it was presented by Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz to Khedive of Egypt Ismail Pasha in the 19th century. As it is seen that for centuries, it has passed into other people’s hands.

Once you step into that magnificent park, you feel yourself in the metaphysical world due to breathtaking scenery combining with the seaside; don’t be shocked if you encounter a friendly squirrel with a nut in its hands. They climb the trees and play with the visitors.

Today, it is possible to find quiet places, to watch its charming landscape towards Bosphorus, to lie down and take a sunbath and to read a book on the grass within the park.

Also sometimes people can have a picnic here; you should take a sandwich and a cup of tea when you come to the fascinating park. If you want to run, you can do it by watching the sea and by listening to the voices of the chirpy birds. Except for those features, there are located three excellent Pavilions; they are Yellow, Pink and White Pavilions.

Yellow Pavilion

The Yellow Pavilion is a large wooden mansion built between 1871-1878 as a hunting lodge and guest house. Situated in the center of the park and overlooking the Bosphorus, the two-story mansion with one balcony, one terrace and a basement is constructed on an area of 400 m2. It consists of four rooms, one hall and a kitchen on the lower floor and three rooms and one salon on the upper floor. Its layout reflects the architecture of the traditional Ottoman house with a salon encircled by many living rooms. The ornaments at the ceilings and the walls were the work of the court architect Sarkis Balyan. The ceilings are enriched with oil painted flower figures and the facades with outstanding carvings. The high doors and windows, as well as the nice interior decorations in bright colors, reflect the glory of that era. The pavilion was restored within four months at the beginning of the 1980s furnished with antiques and opened to the public as a cafeteria.

Pink Pavilion

Portraying the traditional two-floor Ottoman house with wooden covered walls, painted in sardine pink color the Pink Pavilion is one of three pavilions in the park. It consists of three entrances; protocol, front, and personnel entrance.

At the first entrance, there is a large hall and two rooms opening into this refreshing hall. The second entrance, protocol entrance connected a secret room. The first floor hosts a bathroom and a kitchen, while a big hall, two big rooms and also another five big rooms past the aisles and two small case rooms are located on the second floor.

Now it serves as a restaurant and cafeteria and organizes wedding ceremonies or other events.

White Pavilion

The White Pavilion is the third mansion which is only 150 meters far from the Yellow Pavilion. The two-story wooden building reminds us of the neo-classical style. The mansion is used in the daytime as a cafeteria and in the evenings as a restaurant of Turkish-Ottoman cuisine.

Gardens of Topkapi Palace

The Sur-i Sultani within the Royal Walls includes not only the buildings that have stood witness to important episodes in world history but also beautifully landscaped gardens. The first of those gardens is Gulhane (Rosehouse) Park. Today, the tulip is a flower mainly associated with other countries. Perhaps in your mind to tulips are identified with other countries. However, you should know that the first tulip bulbs were sent abroad from Istanbul in the Ottoman Period. The tulip has even lent its name to the most controversial era of Ottoman history.

If you visit Istanbul in season, you will find tulips in bloom in Gulhane Park – a wonderful haven for those trying to escape from the summer heat, a place where you can enjoy sea breezes under the cool shade of centuries-old trees. The park also has a panoramic view of the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Istanbul Strait, as it is situated on the tip of the historical peninsula. The park is also associated with the Tanzimat (reorganization of the state) reforms since the Rescript of Gulhane was proclaimed here.

The Has Ahirlar (Royal Stables) is a part of Gulhane Park, and at present, they house the Islamic Science and Technology Museum. The museum exhibits replicas, built according to written records, of various devices and tools invented and developed by Islamic scientists between the 8th and 16th centuries. Among them are the world map designed by 70 geographers and astronomers in a thirty-year period in the 9th century, and the oldest clock of the world that works in accordance with the time system which is still in use. We recommend a visit to the museum for an insight into the contribution of scientists from the Islamic world to the world history of science.

The Column of the Goths is a Roman victory column that stands in Gulhane Park. This column is the oldest monument of the Roman era that survived to our days almost intact. The dating and original dedication of the column are uncertain.

The free-standing marble pillar 18.5 meters high which is surmounted with a Corinthian capital was supposedly erected in the third or fourth century AD commemorating a Roman victory over the invading Goths. Most likely, the column was erected to honor the victories of either Claudius II Gothicus (268-270) or Constantine the Great (306-337), both of whom are noted for achieving victories over the Goths. During the reign of Claudius II, goths were exiled from the Roman Empire while Claudius was thus called the Cothicus. At the same time, Constantine the Great also carried out the successful war campaign against the goths in the 330s. The inscription at the base of the column reads: FORTUNAE REDUCI OB DEVICTUS GOTHOS (“To Fortuna, who returns by reason of victory over the Goths”). Other sources have an opinion that the column was erected much earlier in the history by the Greeks next to Athene’s altar to commemorate the victory over the Thracians who attempted to prevent the foundation of the city.

The Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam

With a total construction area of 495.000 square meters in Bayrampasa, Istanbul, Forum Istanbul is not only the biggest shopping center of Turkey, but also the biggest shopping center of Europe with a rentable area of 176.000 square meters, and 292 national and international brands.

In addition to its rich category and store mix, Forum Istanbul hosts Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium with Europe’s biggest shark family and the first theme park Jurassic Land, and also led the way by incorporating Turkey’s first Legoland Discovery Center.

In addition to big and special entertainment areas, Forum Istanbul also offers 10 separate entertainment concepts together including the Cinemaximum Movie Theaters, Funlab Entertainment World, Atlantis Bowling, Tiox Entertainment Center, Flyride Helicopter Tour Simulation, Magical Hands kids’ club, and sandcastle playground.

Sea Life Istanbul

Sea LIFE is the largest and most visited aquarium chain in the world serving with more than 40 years of knowledge on 51 different locations in 4 continents. Its center in Turkey was founded on an area of 8000 square meters in Bayrampasa Forum Shopping Mall. In the aquarium, there is an underwater ocean tunnel of 83 meters, almost the length of a football field. This is the longest ocean tunnel in Turkey and Europe.

In SEA LIFE Istanbul, about 15,000 marine creatures of over 500 species live in 5 million liters of water in 51 exhibition tanks. These include Turkey’s largest family of sharks and 2 largest sharks, consisting of over 60 sharks of 15 different species, including sand tiger, zebra, and hammock. Huge stingrays over 3 meters in length in different species, belonging to the family of sharks, say hello to visitors in Sea Life Istanbul. Other interesting species included in this vast ocean tank are horseshoe crab, the species of which is 570 million years old or arapaimas whose tongues are about 1.5 meters long and which became a legend of Amazon Indians.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Istanbul

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Istanbul, one of the world’s most famous entertainment centers, offers fun and educational activities for families with children aged 3-10 in an area of 3,000 m2 within Bayrampasa Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Istanbul, consisting of 2 million LEGO® parts, has fun LEGO® trips, LEGO® factory tour which tells the secret of Master Model Builder and organized in different concepts each week, 4-D Cinema, birthday room which is specially located for birthday celebrations and special events, theme parks and the first MINILAND in which the most important architectures of Turkey and the world are exhibited together with local artifacts. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Istanbul offers fun minutes not only for children but also for adults with Adult Night activities organized in different concepts. You can buy LEGO® sets and LEGO® pieces in grams in LEGO® store which is not available at any other point of sales. Since its opening, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Istanbul has been trying to do its best to offer entertaining activities for visitors and make them learn by enjoying. It has been the first and only center in the world to receive the Trip Advisor Excellence Certificate among LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres in the 16 metropolitans with its visitors’ evaluations.

Akasya is a shopping mall located in Acıbadem at the Uskudar part of Istanbul, Turkey covers an area with a GLA of 80.000 sqm. Akasya offers visitors a unique architectural design with 30 m high freeform skylights to provide maximum daylight with a ground floor height of 8 m for shop displays to experience street shopping offering visitors close to 270 stores including 10.000 sqm KidZania Children Edutainment Centre, 15 movie theatres with 2500 seats along with one of Europe’s biggest Imax screen, 360 degrees food court with more than 2000 seats capacity with unique concierge services located at the 2 main entrances, valet parking and with Akasya Park on 10.000 sqm located on the North Entrance of the shopping centre.

Unique and wide shopping experience providing a valuable & affordable luxury brandmix including 1st stores in Turkey of Victoria’s Secret, Crate & Barrel, IRO, Hogan, Rag & Bone, Hackett, Hamleys and as well as the 1st flagship stores opened at the Asian Side of the city such as; Apple Store, Burberry, Tod’s, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Sandro Paris, Tumi, Agent Provocateur, Tory Burch, Longchamp, DVF, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kipling, Skechers, Vans, Façonnable, Brooks Brothers, Maje, Ladurée, Under Armour, Guess, Swatch, Vilebrequin, Jo Malone, Furla, Hackett, Folli Follie, Orlebar Brown, O bag, Weekend by Max Mara, Aveda and Armani Collezioni.

AKASYA is the winner in BEST SHOPPING MALL in Europe in “New Developments Large” Category in 2015 ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards.

Akasya Park

Akasya distinguishes itself from existing shopping malls not only by its brand new shopping experience but also by providing its visitors with green spaces for recreation – the green space is located in the very center of Akasya and the blue water canals that run through it make it an important meeting point. Akasya Park provides visitors with a rejuvenating resting area right in the middle of Akasya offers the largest open-air concert space on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. The whole of Akasya Park was designed with the idea to breathe a new air into Istanbul’s social life. Akasya Park is also the winner of “Best Landscape” Award 2016 of The Plan Magazine.

Akasya Meydan (Akasya Event Plaza)

Akasya Meydan is located at the south entrance of the shopping mall and offers visitors extraordinary event services within Akasya, the new meeting point of the city. It is an open-air space that acts as an integral part of the shopping mall.