Turkey has long been seen as a cultural and historical melting pot for a rich diversity of cultures from its unique position bridging the continents of Europe and Asia.
Its diversity is hard to find anywhere else in the world, and this rich background is displayed in all its glory when visitors go to the Turkish pavilion at Global Village.
In a prime location, just opposite the culture stage, the Turkish pavilion has one of the largest floor spaces in Global Village. This, of course, allows for more room to fit in the large amount of Turkish delicatessens and ceramic ornaments that have visitors, local and tourists, gathering at the pavilion to sample the flavours and aesthetics of a country rich in culture and history. This large space also allows for the pavilion to host a small group of musicians to play to the crowds that gather in the pavilion. The musicians work their way through renditions of a number of popular Turkish songs which Turkish nationals and casual onlookers can thoroughly enjoy.
One of the most popular attractions at the Turkish pavilion is the abundance of Turkish treats such as Turkish Delight, a sweet and aromatic delicacy that has, traditionally, been held as a sweet for the upper class to present as gifts to one another. Visitors should sample the wide variety of flavoured Turkish Delights; with the traditional rose water and orange blossom flavours prove to be very popular amongst visitors.
Visitors are in for a further culinary treat on their trip to the Turkish pavilion with Turkish coffee and ice cream being served. The ice cream itself is reason enough to pay a trip to Global Village, with Turkish ice cream vendors situated all around the grounds of the park. The main difference between Turkish ice cream and the product you have in your freezer is that the Turkish equivalent allows a unique amount of chewiness to it that visitors will not find anywhere else.
The Turkish pavilion is also home to the wonderfully flaky Baklava. A well-known Turkish dessert, Baklava consists of layers of thinly rolled pastry with finely chopped nuts in between the layers. It is then baked and soaked in honey or syrup.
Turkish coffee can also be purchased from the Turkish pavilion – either ready brewed and all settled to be sipped upon, or all packaged to take home. Various types of flavoured tea can also be purchased from there.
The Turkish pavilion is the place to visit when you want to add some colour to the home. Shimmering lights provided by mosaic glass lamps and lanterns, and the bright colours of the Anatolian pottery and ceramics lend will create a warm atmosphere in any home. The art of glass making is a large part of Turkey’s heritage, and is a craft which is highly revered around the world. Along with the mosaic glass lamps, visitors can see the wide choice of simple dishes, pots, and bowls with glazes of turquoise, blue, green, and violet that brighten the already colourful pots and make them a wonder to look at.
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