Koza Hani Tours

The Koza Hani, also known as the Cocoon Inn, was a caravanseri commissioned by Sultan Bayezid II in the late 15th century. Constructed in the city of Bursa, it was intended to provide income for the sultan’s mosque in Istanbul. As the final stop on the Silk Road from China, the han was a place where merchants could try to sell the last of their goods, particularly silk.

Intricate turquoise tiling adorns the entrance to the han, which soon gives way to a cozy garden setting in the center courtyard. In classical Ottoman style, the structure features two stories of galleries surrounding an inner courtyard, with nearly 100 rooms altogether.  An absolution fountain and small prayer room sit in the middle of the courtyard and cells to the east of the han were built as stables and storage rooms.

The Koza Hani remains an active bazaar today and its tradition of being a center for the silk trade continues. Visitors can peruse a variety of shops and boutiques selling fine silk products and try their hand at haggling as prices are negotiable.

Practical Information

The Koza Hani is located in the center of Bursa and is open daily from 8:30 to sundown.  Admission is free.  The city of Bursa is about a four hour bus ride from Istanbul, with buses leaving the main bus station frequently throughout the day. However, you may find it more convenient to join a day tour from Istanbul that will allow you to see many of the main sights of Bursa, including the Koza Hani.
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Small-Group Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

Relish an opportunity to learn about the Ottoman Empire's first capital, Bursa, during a small-group half day tour from Istanbul. Over centuries of rule, the Ottoman Empire influenced so much of Turkey’s culture and during this tour you will experience some of Bursa’s most historic landmarks. See the Green Mausoleum (Yesil Turbe) and the Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) famous for their tile decor. Visit the 14th-century Great Mosque (Ulu Cami) and then savor a lunch at a charming local eatery. Finally, venture to Koza Han to discover the ancient heart of silk trade. This tour is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience. 
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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US$120.00
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Bursa Day Trip from Istanbul

Discover the former capital and silk trade hub of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa, during a privately guided day trip from Istanbul. Head Bursa to by vehicle and ferry and explore famous attractions to learn about ancient Ottoman history. Admire the brilliance of the Green Mosque and gain insight into the ascendance of the city’s silk trade market during a visit to the Bursa Silk Market and the Koza Han building. This tour also climbs to the peak of Mt Olympus by cable car for mesmerizing panoramas of the city below. 
  • Duration: 13 hours
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US$194.00
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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