Dhaka Journals

Dhaka City Sights

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A July 2005 trip to Dhaka by LenR

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Quote: Discover some interesting architecture and activities as we explore the 'colonial' part of Dhaka city.

Dhaka City Sights

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Overview

Dhaka City Sights Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Dhaka City divides neatly up into several sections. Old Dhaka has been described in my Dhaka Dalliance entry. In this entry I concentrate on central Dhaka, which was the old European zone and is now the modern government and commercial part of town. Some of the highlights are in areas which are more European than Asian, thanks to the British planners and designers who laid out this section of town. There are broad tree-lined streets, nice parks and a few stately buildings. You could easily be in an English or central European small city. Several of the sights can be seen by walking from Airport Road, near the Sheraton Hotel. These include the Old High Court, the Mausoleum for Three Mar...Read More

Parliament House

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Parliament House Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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The National Assembly complex was designed by the world renowned American architect Louis Kahn. The building was commissioned by the Pakistanis in 1963 but it wasn’t completed until 1982. I had heard about the building before I reached Dhaka. One person described it to me as one of the world’s great buildings. Frankly, I don’t think it reaches those heights, but it certainly is interesting. From the outside the building looks like an assembly of concrete cylinders and boxes joined at angles and cut with bold apertures. It is certainly different. Up close, you can see that it is made from poured-in-place concrete, brick, and marble. Unfortunately, I was not able to go inside. There are...Read More

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Parliament House
Manik Mia Avenue
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Old High Court

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Old High Court Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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This was originally built as the residence of the British Governor and is probably my favorite building in Dhaka. The imposing white building is undoubtedly the finest example of the European Renaissance architectural style in the city. The building is set in landscaped grounds and is a rare find. You can wander around but the most interesting views are of the long, ornate side that fronts the road. This is a building to enjoy for its architectural beauty. It has extra significance in Dhaka because there are relatively few outstanding buildings of any vintage in the city. Mt photos probably do not do it justice. If you are in this area, the Mausoleum for the Three Martyrs is nearby an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Old High Court
Bhasani Road, near Topkhana Road, Dhaka-1000
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Curzon Hall

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Curzon Hall Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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This is one of the outstanding British era buildings in Bangladesh. It is a blend of British and Mogul architecture which has resulted in a grand Victorian edifice with trimmings of cusped arches and kiosk-like turrets. Laid out in a spacious and carefully maintained garden, this double storied brick building has a large central hall, lateral wings on the east and west with several rooms, and a continuous verandah on all sides. The building can easily be viewed from the street but you are also able to enter for a closer look. Curzon Hall is named after George Curzon, an Englishman who was a brilliant scholar at Eton College and Oxford University in the last part of the nineteenth century. He was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2005

Curzon Hall
Dhaka University
Dhaka, Bangladesh

National Museum

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National Museum Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Tel: 02-8619396; Fax: 8802-8615585 The present Bangladesh National Museum is the successor to the Dhaka Museum which was established by the British Governor of Bengal in 1913. The museum moved to its present premises in 1983. From the outside the four-storey building is quite impressive and inside, the 46 galleries have quite extensive collections although the displays are somewhat dated. The museum is one of the largest in south Asia and it is said to own 83 thousand pieces. The Buddhist and Brahminical stone sculptures, architectural pieces, Arabic and Persian inscriptions and pieces of calligraphy are the most significant objects from the point of view of artistic value and iconogra...Read More

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National Museum
Shahbag
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka Markets

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Dhaka Markets Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Dhaka is a great place to buy leather goods and ready-made garments if you are prepared to go through the hassles of haggling. The cheapest place to buy these goods is in the markets but similar items can be found in shops dotted around the city. Probably the cheapest place is Banga (or Bango) Bazar which is a block west of the Gulistan bus station on Kamruzzaman Sharani Street at the edge of Old Dhaka. For shopaholics this is probably a paradise but for others it can be a nightmare. There are thousands of small stalls intersected by narrow walkways which are often jammed with people. Each stall usually has several workers and the moment you stop to look (or even slow down) you will be bombarded...Read More

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Dhaka Markets
Throughout the city
Dhaka, Bangladesh