The pedestal building and Köroğlu statue as the first stage of the International Köroğlu Park planned to be constructed in the Alpagut Neighborhood by the Municipality of Bolu, the member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), was opened on March 20, 2019, with the international participation.
The Köroğlu statue and pedestal building, which was built in 2017 and is among the tallest statues in the world with its height of 70 meters, was opened with the participation of many guests from the Turkish world. The opening ceremony in the area where the statue is located was attended by the Governor of Bolu Ahmet Umit, Mayor of Bolu Alaaddin Yilmaz, Rector of Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University Mustafa Alişarlı, Mayor of Seben Süleyman Özbağ, Deputy Mayors of Bolu Emine Davarcıoğlu and Zerrin Biçen, Secretary General of TURKSOY Dusen Kaseinov, ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, sculptor of the Köroğlu statue Murat Mansurov, many guests and many other people from the Turkish world. Before the opening Nevruz fire symbolizing the spring was burned and iron was beaten with a hammer by the members of the protocol.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor of Bolu Alaaddin Yılmaz said, “As a result of a very intensive work for embracing the Turkish world with Bolu, the construction and placement of the winning statue in the contest we have held under the leadership of the international delegation is over. God willing, we will be opening this big park in the coming period. A very important monumental statue and a work of art was added as a value to the highest point of Bolu. Having made the opening with Nevruz is an important development for the Turkish world. Bolu will become a brand with this project. Bolu will be tourism, sports, health, university city. With this project, Bolu will be able to explain itself even better.
After the speeches, the participants of the ceremony cut the ribbon and opened the Köroğlu statue and pedestal building. The exhibition composed of pictures of Köroğlu was visited afterward.