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TURKEY’S FIRST CORN MAZE IN ŞİLE!

Turkey’s first corn maze, established in the Şile district of Istanbul within the scope of a tourism innovation project supported by the Agriculture Ministry and the Union of Agricultural Chambers and the Association of Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB), has been opened to public visit.

Aiming to increase the love of land and agriculture in the younger generations, “Corn Maze Istanbul” has been established on 40 percent of a 100,000-squaremeter land. Besides the corn maze, the compound consists of trekking and equestrian sites, playgrounds for children and lands of strawberries, sunflowers and pumpkins.

Corn maze is the name of a maze cut out of a cornfield. Dating back to 1980, corn mazes have been popular tourist destinations across the globe.

Corn maze

“We were bored at home all through the pandemic. We missed the nature so much,” Sami İşleker, the founder of the project, told Demirören News Agency at the opening ceremony on Aug. 30.

“This land was unused for three decades. We converted it into a farmland and an entertainment site for visitors,” he added.

Children toured the corn maze, walked through the sunflower lands and played games in farming zones.

Corn mazes across the globe appear in many different designs. Some are based on artistic ones such as movie characters.

As of 2014, the Guinness World Record announced that the largest corn maze was 60 acres, created by Cool Patch Pumpkins, in California, the U.S.

The entrance fees for “Corn Maze Istanbul” differ from 50 to 139 Turkish Liras ($6 to $17), based on the activities.

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