In the first and second part titled “Dhaka’s most traditional and scenic places”, we have learned about 15 and 13 places of interest in Dhaka, the busy capital of Bangladesh, respectively.
We know Dhaka as a busy city, its roads are often jammed. But, in the midst of this jam, busyness, there is a lot of beauty hidden in Dhaka. In order to expose this, we have started the article titled “Dhaka’s Most Traditional and Scenic Places”, in the first and second part of which we have learned about a total of 28 aesthetic places and their heritage. Today, the last episode was given with 12 more places, its introduction and its tradition.
1. University of Dhaka
Dhaka University is located in Shahbag, Dhaka, which is part of Ramna Police Station. It is an autonomous government university. It currently has 13 faculties. It was established in 1921 in British India following the integrated Oxbridge education system of Oxford and Cambridge universities. For this reason it is recognized as the Oxford of the East. The specialty of Dhaka University is that it is the only university in the world which has made a significant contribution to the independence of a country.
2. Dhakeswari Temple
Dhakeswari Temple is located on the north-west side of Dhakeswari Road, south-west of Salimullah Hall of Dhaka University. There is a gate to enter the temple which is known as “Nahabatkhana Toran”. It is said that a king named Ballal Sen built the temple and the Dhakeswari idol and temple here date back to the time of Maharaja Ballal Sen. The Dhakeswari temple is built of limestone, which is a feature of the architectural style of the Muslim period in Bengal. This is the most important temple in Dhaka.
3. Armenian churches
The Armenian Church is an ancient Christian shrine located in Armanitola, Old Dhaka, founded in 1781. Formerly there was a cemetery of Armenians here. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries many Armenians came to Dhaka for business purposes. The church was built when a man named Aga Minas Katchik donated the land to build the church. There was a bell in the church that stopped playing after the financial crisis of 1880. And then in the earthquake of 1897 the church clock was destroyed.
4. Musa Kha’s Mosque
The three-domed Musa Kha Mosque is located on the west side of Dhaka University’s Shahidullah Hall in Dhaka’s Ramna Police Station and south of the Khwaja Shahbaz Khan Mosque. To the north-east of the mosque is the tomb of Musa Kha. Formerly the mosque was surrounded by walls which do not exist now. Musa Khan was one of the twelve Bhuiyans.
5. Dhanmondi Shahi Eidgah
Dhanmondi Shahi Eidgah is an ancient religious site located in Dhanmondi Thana, Dhaka, which is one of the Mughal architectural monuments in Dhaka. The Eidgah was established in 1640 by Mir Abul Qasim, the Prime Minister of Shah Sujar, the son of Emperor Shah Jahan. The Department of Archeology of Bangladesh has been preserving the Eidgah since 1981. It is currently an archeological site listed by the Bangladesh Department of Archeology. At present the Eidgah is used for Eid prayers.
6. Benaresi Palli
Benarsi Palli is located in Mirpur, Dhaka. The journey of Benarsi Palli started in 1905. There are beautiful and varied sari of weaving, design and color. As its demand is increasing at present, its recognition and popularity is increasing in the country and abroad.
7. Boldha Garden
The 3.38-acre boldha garden is basically a botanical garden. There are some species of plants in this garden which are very rare. In 1909, Narendra Narayan Roy Chowdhury, the zamindar of Baldhar in present day Gazipur district, started Baldha Garden. He created two gardens. The first park was named “Psyche”. The second park was named “Sibli”. Since the death of Narendra Narayan Roy Chowdhury, these two parks have been collectively called Baldha Gardens. Narendra Narayan also established a family museum here.
8. Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque
Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque is located in Chawkbazar, Old Dhaka. It is the oldest building of the Mughal period. The mosque has inscriptions which are analyzed and experts believe that the mosque was built in 1676 by Mughal subedar Shaista Khan. Below the mosque are some rooms which are thought to be ‘residential-madrasa-mosque’.
9. Language-Martyr Abul Barkat Memorial Museum
The Abul Barkat Memorial Museum is located inside the Zahurul Haq Hall of Dhaka University in Palashi, Dhaka. On March 12, 2012, Justice Habibur Rahman inaugurated the museum and museum inside the Zahurul Haque Hall in memory of language martyr Abul Barkat. The heroic children of this country shed fresh blood on their chests in a procession in front of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on 21 February 1952 to defend the rights of mother tongue Bengal. Abul Barkat is one of the few language martyrs who gave their lives for the dignity of their mother tongue. So, this museum was built to commemorate his departure.
10. Botanical Museum
The Botanical Museum is located in Mirpur, Dhaka. It is known as “Bangladesh National Herbarium”. It is the only plant museum in the country. It was originally established to preserve species ranging from trees and seeds to shrubs and common grasses. It deals with endangered plants and new species of plants. About 169 species of new plants and about 226 endangered species of plants have also been identified here.
11. Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban
The Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban is located in the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area of Dhaka. It is the main building of the National Parliament of Bangladesh. It was designed by the famous American architect Louis Kahn. Construction of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban began in 1981 and was completed on 28 January 1962. It was originally created as a legislature for East Pakistan and West Pakistan. It’s very nice to see. And the surrounding environment is also pleasant, which is why many people come here to visit in their leisure time.
12. Money Museum
The Taka Museum is located on the second floor of Bangladesh Bank Training Academy, Mirpur 2, Dhaka. It is also known as the Coin Museum. This is the first ‘money museum’ in Bangladesh. It was established by Bangladesh Bank on 5th October 2013. The museum has been set up for the purpose of preserving the currency history of Bangladesh and the world, highlighting the currency heritage and development among the general public. Arrangements have been made to preserve and display coins and paper notes of different periods from ancient Bengal to modern times. There are also ancient wooden boxes and iron chests for storing coins.