16 March 2021
Zeki Cengiz, 67, who has been exporting in the steel industry for years in Istanbul, got tired of the city life, returned to his village in Antalya 16 years ago and settled in the 350-year-old local “buttoned house” inherited from his ancestors and became a volunteer guide for tourists.
Zeki Cengiz, a 67-year-old retired businessperson who got bored of Istanbul’s city life and returned to his village in Antalya 16 years ago, became a volunteer guide for tourists. Cengiz, who entered the steel industry 40 years ago with his brothers in Istanbul, where he was born, became a respected business person around him when his company turned into a large exporting company.
Cengiz, who was in charge of his job for a quarter of a century, dreamed of settling in a quiet village in Anatolia 16 years ago, bored with the stress of his job and the density of the metropolis. Cengiz, who came to the Ürünlü district of Antalya’s İbradı district for the burial of a relative who died during this period, decided to live alone here after leaving his wife.
When he came to his village with a population of 200, Cengiz renovated the 350-year-old historical building inherited from his ancestors, known as the “button house” due to its indigenous architecture, and stepped into a happy life away from stress. Cengiz, who has been loved in a short time in his village, where he has adopted his long hair, beard, irreplaceable fedora and unique style, has been working as a tourism ambassador for the promotion of the region where he has lived for 16 years.
Cengiz, who voluntarily guides the tourists who come to the village for plateau tourism, provides free accommodation for those who come to camp with tents and caravans by installing electricity and water installations on his own land.
Cengiz stated that the tourists were nicknamed “the tiger of the mountains” because he did not get tired despite his age when he was guiding the mountain trekking, and says that the people who came to the neighborhood also knew him like that.
Cengiz said that he had the peace of settling in his village, which became a neighborhood with the metropolitan law. Cengiz stated that the fire burning in the fireplace in the house where his grandfather also lived gave him great happiness after 50 years and said that he lived an organic life.
Cengiz, referring to his feeling good in Ürünlü, said: “What we eat is organic. The atmosphere of this place is also very nice. People are getting younger here. I take walks every day. I take tourists around. I show the historical houses, shops, the world famous Altınbeşik Cave and the mountains in the village. I help nature photographers, those who come to make documentaries, academics. I have opened my land to those who want to camp. I do all of these voluntarily. I do not get paid. Love is the best fee. trying to promote up to “
Noting that living in the city was beautiful until a certain time, Cengiz said, “Cities are beautiful for education, working and earning money. But the village is beautiful for people to live their own essence. I live exactly the way our ancestors lived. I feel free. Time flows slowly. Only. “I am going to metropolitan cities to see my children and friends,” he said.