Konya or Gazaintep, Turkey?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 20, 2013 11:57 AM Last Post By: ozbektr
Feb 21, 2013 4:48 PM
I might have to live in Turkey for a couple of months later this year. Which of the two cities - Konya or Gazaintep a better place to live in for a young female? Appreciate information like which city has more transport connections to other places, conservative, facilities, better sight-seeing etc.?
Feb 21, 2013 5:14 PM
Feb 21, 2013 11:00 PM
2Konya has some interesting features to see but as you'll be there for work rather pleasure(I assume)then I would choose Gaziantep.As a young woman you may find Konya a bit stifling after a week or so as this is a very conservative city,Gaziantep is traditional but far less so than Konya.I just think you'd feel more comfortable there.
In addition from Antep there are many interesting day trips you can do in your spare time and has good transport connections in all directions.
Feb 22, 2013 5:22 AM
3Antep. Konya's nice for a visit, but I couldn't imagine living there.
Feb 22, 2013 5:23 AM
Feb 22, 2013 6:30 AM
6I think people starts to talk without knowing reality. Konya is in the centre location of Turkey. You can reach to Ankara by two hours with fast train. It is close to Antalya , Kappadokia. There are lots fflights everyday to Istanbul. Besides Konya is an university town. Its local people are conservative but it does not mean they will disturb you. Konya is such a lovely city that you can not forget this city when you leave . You have to understand their way of living and I think you are smart enough to get used to them. You may not find night clubs in Konya but you will learn mysticism there if you are eager.
I havent seen Gaziantep but its a shining star economically in that area. I am not with Sari about connections. I think Konya has more advantage.
Again, both cities are conservative but you may find ways to love these people. In both cities, more than million people are living. I dont know what will be your relation, but related people will care you as if their own daughter. Never doubt about it.
Feb 22, 2013 7:00 AM
7By connections I meant to Urfa and Mardin or to Adana or up into the Toros range,to Nemrut,down to Hatay,i.e. it isn't as remote or cut off as it may appear to be at first glance.
My neighbours daughter is currently studying at Selçuk University in Konya and she finds it rather oppressive as a young person.Considering she is from a traditional rural family(who were happy she got a place there because of its conservatism)this backs up my own feeling of how a young woman from a western background could find it difficult to adjust to living there for any length of time.
Of course Gaziantep too is quite a conservative city but it too is a university city and as it's tourism sector is developing rapidly so it had become more liberal in it's attitude to foreign visitors-with all our odd little foibles :)
But I think the decision depends largely on the purpose of the visit.Work experience?Travel companion?Student exchange?etc.etc.This could alter which city would be better.
Feb 22, 2013 7:39 AM
Feb 22, 2013 9:30 PM
9Thanks everyone for your replies. Yes, its for work stay. I'm not really looking for the the nightclub scene and I have lived in conservative places so I'm okay to adapt. However I don't know anybody in Turkey and I'm more interested in a city where locals are friendly and accommodating to a single female. It would be nice to make friends etc. In terms of connections, I meant which of cities are better located to travel and see other parts of Turkey for a short 3 - 4 day trips on days off. Also since I'm traveling alone which of the cities is more 'safer' for a single woman to explore? I've seen pictures of Konya which looks beautiful but is it livable? Antep looks very industrial not as pretty but then I'm not sure how much to believe google images!! Much appreciate more feedback :)
Feb 22, 2013 11:11 PM
10It is good that you are aware that both cities are conservative and that you understand what this means in terms of dress and behaviour code,many people don't.
I really must bow to Teomans opinion on Konya having the better connections.....because I admit I clean forgot about the new high speed rail line(duh!).This has opened up central Anatolia like never before.
Both cities are actually industrial,Konya now is a huge sprawling city,the old part consists of a smaller quarter.Similarly Gaziantep's Şahin district is the old quarter there.Both have pleasant,interesting parts and not so attractive parts.
In terms of making friends as a solo foreign woman,as with any place a lot depends on the individual.Turkish people are generally friendly and welcoming to foreign visitors-at least to those who are respectful and respectable-just like any place in any country.No one likes an unpleasant smart ass :)
As your visit will be work related I imagine there will be opportunity to build friendships with people you work alongside and,as a visitor,they will be quick to include you in any events taking place or to take you around places and introduce you to people.This would happen in whichever city you were based so I don't think this aspect should worry you too much.Friendly,cultured people can make friends anywhere.I live in a small,conservative city and am the only 'yabancı'in town and locals have been very kind to me here,I'm sure you'll be treated the same :)
I still give my vote to Gaziantep in many respects,it is a city manageable for discovery and I like it's culture and proximity to the south east too which is a region I love.However...it is true that the rail and road connections of Konya really would be very useful to you when you want to get out exploring alone.
Regarding safety,there is little to choose between them.Both have area's which one shouldn't walk alone after dark like any city.During daytime,provided you are dressed appropriately and use normal travel safety precautions,there is nothing for you to be overly concerned about.
Whichever you end up choosing I hope you enjoy your time in Turkey.
Feb 23, 2013 4:38 AM
11Trying to stay out of the discussion, as I'm probably prejudiced in favour of Konya - but I've also been to the south-east, though not as often and had to give Gaziantep itself a miss due to time constraints.
I think you'd find better connections and more interesting places to visit from Konya than from Antep as the latter, from it's central location, is a huge transport hub. You have Goreme (Capadokia) 3 - 3.5 hours away, and there are some lovely regions quite close. Even North Cyprus - there's a catamaran from Tocucu - only five hours by bus, then 3 hours from Cyprus on a good day. .
Gaziantep can offer trips to Sanliurfa, Mardin, maybe Hasankeyf if it's not been submerged. Syria is a no-no for the forseeable future.
I find the people in Konya very welcoming. and they're not as conservative as they were 10-12 years ago. Then I wore headscarf and long coat when visiting, but these days I don't even wear a headscarf and my (male) friends greet me with a kiss on each cheek - unheard of 12 years ago. :>))
Feb 26, 2013 2:27 PM
Aug 20, 2013 11:57 AM
13I live in Konya . Outside from this city it may be crazy living here because it's a religious city but on the other hand it is a big city and you can find anything you want , easy to live there is no traffic and the city is very cheap at all..if you need any connections i can handle if you decide to come to Konya
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