News Centre -TDO- The Royal Thai Embassy, Ankara, is bringing a glimpse of Thailand to Turkey through the “Thailand through Turkish Eyes / Turkey through Thai Eyes” Dual Friendship Photography Exhibition being held at the Dogan Tasdelen Cagdas Sanatler Merkezi between 3 – 10 June 2021.
“There is a saying in Thai “Hearing 10 people talking about something can never compare with seeing it with your own eyes. So, the Royal Thai Embassy is immensely proud to be able to offer you a glimpse of Thailand and bring a part of Thailand to you as seen through the eyes of the Turkish academic and journalists. And also, we are proud to show you the beauty of your country, Turkey, through the eyes of the Thai diplomats who have been working here in Ankara.”
Mr. Charkrienorrathip “Shakir” Sevikul, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Royal Thai Embassy said at the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition on 2 June 2021, which was attended by about 100 guests.
“There are photos here of the views, cities, people, foods and ways of life. Every picture is not only worth a thousand words, but they also have a story to tell, and through these pictures it is hope that we can all see that Thailand and Turkey has similarities that make us feel very much at home in each other’s countries.”
Mr. Sevikul continued. The Charge d’Affaires a.i. informs that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Thai Embassy had invited leading Turkish academics and members of the press to Thailand in 2018 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which continued in 2019. The aim of the visit was to promote academic cooperation between the Thai and Turkish academics, and enable to Turkish to learn more about Thailand first hand, while also allowing the Thai public to learn more about Turkey also.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has meant that traveling has become very difficult, not only for the academic delegation but also for normal tourists. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand was a popular tourist destination for Turkish people, with over 70,000 Turkish tourists visiting Thailand. On the other hand,
Turkey is also very popular with Thai tourists, with over 50,000 Thai tourists visiting Turkey.” Mr. Sevikul said.
The Embassy thus decides to bring a glimpse of Thailand to the Turkish public to alleviate the longing to travel, and the missing of visiting exotic places such as Thailand, by showcasing photographs taken by the Turkish academic and media who joined the Embassy’s arranged trips.
“The Royal Thai Embassy wishes to express its appreciation to the Cankaya Belediyesi for the support and cooperation which had made the Exhibition possible.” Mr. Sevikul concluded.
Visitors to the Exhibition will be able to see photographs taken by prominent Turkish academics such as Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bağci, President of Foreign Policy Institute, Prof. Dr. Tanju Tosun and Prof. Dr. Gülgün Erdoğan Tosun from Ege University, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Berk Esen from Sabanci University. There are also photographs from leading Turkish journalists such as Mr. Serhat Önalp, Editor-in-Chief of Diplomatic Observer magazine, Mr. Haşim Kilic, award winning photographer from Hurriyet Newspaper, Mr. Ferhat Yüksel, Editor-in-Chief of Demarche Magazine, Ms. Funda Karayel, from Sabah Newspaper, Ms. Sema Akbaş from Bitter Magazine, and Mr. Mustafa Kirikcioğlu from Daily Sabah.
The photographs of Turkey at the Exhibition were taken by the Thai diplomats and their spouses who have been living and working in Turkey for many years, namely : Mr. Charkrienorrathip “Shakir” Sevikul, Charge d’Affaires a.i., Mrs. Bangorn Sevikul, Spouse of the Charge d’Affaires, Ms. Nattamon Punbhochar, First Secretary, Mr. Teerawat Wongkaew, First Secretary, Ms. Suchaya Tancharoenpol, Mr. Wongkaew’s spouse, Ms. Anissa Naksewee, Second Secretary, Ms. Amonrat Khongchoo, Second Secretary, and Mr. Sompop Kerdmee, Spouse of Ms. Khongchoo.
The “Thailand through Turkish Eyes / Turkey through Thai Eyes”
Dual Friendship Photography Exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, at the Dogan Tasdelen Cagdas Sanatler Merkezi until 10 June 2021, from 10.00 – 16.00 hrs.