Japanese Gardens in Helwan Cairo

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Japanese Gardens in Helwan Cairo

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Well worth a day visit for a picnic if you are in Cairo.

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20 min drive from ma'adi corniche to Helwan, or metro to Helwan from Cairo ( station is close to the gardens).

Lovely manicured, clean gardens with beautiful old shady trees to sit under.
The gardens have huge pagodas with log seating to rest in the shade, a little teashop with ice creams and cold drinks, fancy dress photographer booth, small lake, and pretty flower beds to wander through.
Admission is 2le

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Great picture links Ebikatsu :) it certainly looks a nice place to visit. :D
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I agree it looks well worth a visit :)
Thanks for the pictures Ebikatsu

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Lots of Buddhas. If Helwan hadn't been destroyed by the factories it would be a nice place to live. The streets are extremely wide there and it has a nice feel.

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Wowow, it looks so nice and clean except for the dusty looking trees and bushes, lol!! But hardly any ppl are there . . . wonder why?? Maybe it was not the best day to go.
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Lovely. Thanks for posting them. Would love to see other photos around Cairo.
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Yes Glyphdoc
Helwan did have a nice feel . I know what you are saying.


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The pics were taken around 2pm on Friday afternoon which you would imagine would be busy, but no it was quiet. Maybe it would get busier later on a Friday afternoon?
Hey it's Egypt. if there is not a teaspoon of sand in each ear then something must be wrong :lol:

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Post by Goddess »

As usual I'm wondering "Why"??

It looks beautiful, but I just don't get it? Is it an old garden or a recent innovation? And why the Japanese theme - was it a gift or a donation or funded by the Japanese.

Love all the pictures Ebikatsu and thanks for the directions - may have to have a peep soon.

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The Japanese Garden was established in 1917 by Zulfugar Pasha, a resident of Helwan, as a present to Sultan Hussein. Landscaped in an Asian style, the garden included many Buddha statues and mythical animals.

It was renovated in the 60's and then again in 2008.


I found this 'old soldiers' journal account of the gardens from 1941.



Reg Tarry, now a lively 94 year-old, kept a detailed account of his life overseas in the RAF Police from September 1941 until December 1944. This episode from the time he was stationed at a Middle East HQ unit near Cairo, is described in his “Journal” and dated Thursday December 18th 1941.

EGYPTIAN JAPANESE GARDENS

“Yesterday instead of going back to Camp for tiffen, I went to the Homestead and had a snack and a sleep and then wandered round the village (Helwan). It is a pity the sand is not fertile soil for all the houses are large and have pretty big walled in ‘gardens’ which would look grand if they could be cultivated as in England. The houses themselves are all of 3 or more storeys and have an impressive front elevation with flights of steps to the front door and in many instances a portico supported by immense columns. All have flat roofs and, if not a complete veranda, they have numerous small balconies which give them a prosperous appearance. The halls are large and the rooms lofty, often 12 or 15 ft high. The staircases are wide and winding and impressive often with lovely wrought iron balustrades and handrails, the balcony balustrades are of wrought iron.

“In the grounds of the largest houses are smaller bungalows of about 6 rooms or so, the original reason for which I have not yet discovered, though it has been suggested to me that they were built for the use of the old folk when the son and heir took a wife or wives and occupied the big house.

“The Japanese gardens are a feature of the town. They must. have been laid out years ago but they are still lovely containing as they do a number of fish ponds, numerous walks which are surmounted by arbours which are or rather were probably used as tea garden shelters from the sun. They are thatched with straw and are in the typical Japanese style. Bordering the walks are flower beds and shrubs and in one place rows of stone gods whilst unexpectedly one comes upon a stone Buddha about 10ft highl

“A pagoda dominates a hill at the far end of the garden and one passes through lovely Japanese gateways from one part of the gardens to another. The whole occupies a large space on either side of the street.”

Reg continued his exploration of Helwan,

“During my walk I found the Springbok Club complete with Golf Course and tennis courts — all sand, of course, no grass at all — and the Kiwi Club, a rather more ambitious place patronised mainly by the patients of the N Z Military Hospital.”

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Found an old 1938 aerial view of the garden

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Post by Goddess »

Ahhhh! Interesting! I thought maybe they were modern.

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Looks lovely

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I like the photos of this garden. Somewhere I will have to visit next time I'm in Cairo. Is it hard to find?

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