Visiting Canakkale: A Reminder of the Importance of Youth Diplomacy

After the official closing of the Y20 Summit Turkey, delegates have a day of relaxing and fun. Some chose to explore Istanbul. Some went to Canakkale for a historic trip organized by Y20 Summit committee. Adiska and Kristia decided to go to join the Canakkale trip. 

Canakkale is about 300 km from Istanbul. We took a 5-hour bus drive to Canakkale. Canakkale has sites for both ancient and modern history of Turkey and the world. 

We visited Troy, the ancient city where the well-known Trojan War took place. Then we went to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena in an ancient city of Assos, located on top of Behramkale village.

A remake of the Trojan horse

A remake of the Trojan horse

On top of a hill at Behramkale village  

On top of a hill at Behramkale village  

Ruins of the Temple of Athena at ancient city of Assos, located on top of the hill at Behramkale village 

Ruins of the Temple of Athena at ancient city of Assos, located on top of the hill at Behramkale village 

From visiting ancient cities, we then went to the sites of the World War I. We went to see the statue of Corporal Seyit and learned the story of this Turkish war hero. We also visited the Martyrs' Memorial and the 57th Regiment Memorial, both memorials of those who died in the Gallipoli campaign of the World War I. 

These visits reminded us on the atrocity of wars. Diplomacy is key in preventing wars, and this should start in youth. Y20 Summit works to promote such peaceful diplomacy between youths of the world.

Statue of Coporal Seyit, Turkish hero of the World War I 

Statue of Coporal Seyit, Turkish hero of the World War I 

Martyrs' Memorial 

Martyrs' Memorial 

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The Indonesian delegation to the Y20 Summit 2015 is endorsed by the Sherpa of Indonesia, and sponsored by Tanoto Foundation and Pertamina, with support from the Indonesian Embassy to the Netherlands and Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan.