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Amb. Helmy announces
"Eternal Egypt" Official Site Has Been Launched
50,000 S. Korean Tourists Visited Cairo in 2004
Special Contribution
By Egyptian Embassy to Seoul
A Wooden gilded face of Tuya

Finding a professional archaeological web site displaying Egypt's 7,000 years of history was, a far-fetched dream. But the launching of "Eternal Egypt" has made virtual access to Egypt from across the globe possible.

"Eternal Egypt" is a living record of a land rich in art and history, people and places, myths and religions. The stories of "Eternal Egypt" are told using the latest interactive technologies, high-resolution imagery, animations, and more," Mr. Amr Helmy, ambassador of Egypt to Seoul explained.

"Tourism is one of the most successful area of cooperation between our two countries and this web site can contribute to increase the flow of Korean tourists visiting Egypt," Helmy added. "27,000 Korean tourists visited Egypt in 2003 and this figure was almost doubled to 50,000 by the end of last year,"
he said.

Amb. Amr Helmy of Egypt

In order to deal with such increase, Korean Air has been operating two weekly direct flights from Seoul to Cairo since October 2003. "The Egyptian government already agreed to Korean Air's request to operate one more flight to Cairo, which means that soon we will have three weekly flights to carry the Korean tourists to Egypt," the ambassador said.

By visiting surfers will enjoy a virtual reconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb, as it looked the day Howard Carter discovered the chamber in 1922, when the young king lay surrounded by his treasures. They can examine the face of the Sphinx as it looked 2,000 years ago, when its nose was still intact. And they can view the Lighthouse of Alexandria prior to its destruction in the 14th century.

"Eternal Egypt," the result of the mutual cooperation between the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) and the IBM Corporation, was funded by a US$2.5 million IBM-donated grant of technology and expertise from the Research and Services teams in the United States and Egypt. The Egyptian government contributed a team of experts who developed the rich content of the system.

"This partnership has joined one of the world's oldest civilizations with the latest innovations in IBM technology," said Ambassador Helmy. He added that the outcome represents the richest information and media resource on Egyptian cultural history available on the Internet today.

Pictures featuring parts of monuments found in Tutankhamun's tomb discovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922

Three years in the making, the project has so far produced multimedia animations, 360-degree image sequences, panoramas of important locations, virtual environments, three-dimensional scans and real-time photos from web cameras.

"The new technology has made it possible to see Egypt in a way that we never imagined before, this collaboration has produced the means to make Egyptian cultural heritage known worldwide, not just the era of the Pharaohs, but our entire heritage." Helmy said.

"Two or three weeks are not enough to tour Egypt. So navigating through 'Eternal Egypt' will encourage tourists to repeat their visit to Egypt," the top Egyptian envoy said.

"Eternal Egypt" is the richest web site available to those who are interested in collecting information on Egyptian civilization. It also serves as a professional source for students and travelers wishing to explore the cultural heritage of a country renowned for its splendid ancient civilizations. For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world for whom visiting Egypt is a life-long dream has virtually made it come true.

Gold bracelets

A pair of gold bracelets — Each of this gold bracelets is composed of two parts linked by a hinge.

The fine decoration is executed by the granulation technique and consists mostly of geometric motifs. The bezel is composed of a goose, which has two heads turned backwards over the body, carved out of one piece of lapis lazuli.

The fact that the cartouches of Ramesses the Second and the words for right and left are incised alongside the clasps of the bracelets, suggests that both of these bracelets were the actual ones worn by the king himself.

The Throne of Tutankhamon
Throne of Tutankhamon — This throne is an accomplished example of the Egyptian craftsmen's art in the New Kingdom. The arms of the throne form two winged serpents wearing the double crown. Two protective lion's heads top the frontal legs and the four legs terminate in lion's paws. The back of the chair depicts Tutankhamon and his wife in an affectionate scene. The king is seated comfortably on a cushioned throne while his wife stands facing him, tenderly touching his shoulders with one hand, while holding a jar of unguent in the other. Here again the Amarna style is evident as the Aten's rays reach the couples nostrils to give them life.

Mirror Case in the Form of an Ankh
Mirror Case in the Form of an Ankh, or Life, Sign—Mirrors, made of polished gold, silver, copper, or bronze, were part of the cosmetic accessories of women and men. They were sometimes preserved in cases such as this elaborate one in the form of an Ankh, or life, sign. It is carved in gold-plated wood and the king's name is inlaid on the lid with colored glass and semiprecious stones. The interior of the case is lined with silver. The mirror it once contained was not found. Dimensions: Height 27 cm






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