“International Orkhon Inscriptions and Turkish-Mongolian Relations Symposium” organized by TDBB Administrative Board Member Osmangazi Municipality in cooperation with the sister city Arkhangai Municipality of Mongolia was held with the participation of nearly 30 academicians from 6 different countries (Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Japan and Mongolia) on 6-7 July 2021 at Panorama 1326 Bursa Conquest Museum hosted by Osmangazi Municipality.

At the symposium, academicians presented papers on historical and cultural links between the Turkish and Mongolian nations, civilization of steppe and the homeland of the Turks within the vast geographical area. TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak took part in the symposium as an organizing committee member and a chair of the session.

Before the sessions, Anatolian Folk Poet Yusuf Alper Güllü performed some works of Turkish music such as ‘Dombra’ with his own instrument. Moreover, Mongolian music group called ‘Jonon Mongaliç National’ performed at the symposium with Turkish and Mongolian songs.

Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar, in his speech at the opening session of the symposium, stated that they are very happy to host such an important symposium about culture and science. Dündar also said that, “Osmangazi has lots of sister cities, accurately 25, from all over the world from Sweden to Mongolia. We, as Osmangazi, carry out many different projects with our sister cities. In brief, Osmangazi Municipality is made its presence felt by the whole world within the geography from the Adriatic to the Great Wall of China and in this vision, the guidance of good scientists like you who participated in this symposium today have been playing an important role.”

Dündar also posited that Osmangazi Municipality became sister city with Mongolia’s Arkhangai Municipality last year and he added that, “We have decided to organize such a symposium after UNESCO declared the year of 2020 as “Year of Tonyukuk the Wise”. This symposium is attended by academics from, apart from Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Japan and Mongolia. The results of this symposium made significant impacts in history regarding their academic values. We have been conducting many investments and projects regarding culture and art in our district, such as the Panorama 1326 Bursa Conquest Museum which is the world’s largest fully panoramic museum hosting this event. I would like to thank all the participants for their contributions.”

After the Mayor’s speech, Chairman of the symposium organizing committee Prof Dr İlhan Şahin stated that the historical and cultural ties between the Turkish and Mongolian nations date back to the earliest periods of the history, and the two nations have the same cultures under the umbrella of different empires. Şahin also stated that Osmangazi Municipality and Arhangay Municipality reinforced their sister city relations with this academic and scientific event and he added that “All of my 32 colleagues I reached regarding this symposium and who are with us now, happily agreed to participate in such a study. We wrote the papers in Mongolian and Turkish languages. Therefore, we published a fundamental research on the Orkhon Inscriptions and Turkish-Mongolian relations and presented it to the scientific world. I would like to thank Osmangazi Municipality and our Mayor Mustafa Dündar for presenting these researches with the academic world.”

As a result of the symposium, in which 7 sessions were held during two days, 26 papers brought together in a book and were given to the participants and guests.

After the sessions ended, the program was completed after city tour of Bursa.

8 Temmuz 2021