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Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat Dhaka

Optional Tour Programme

A brief introduction of the places to be visited by the Hon’ble Members of the CPA Delegates on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh:

Liberation War Museum (Muktijuddho Jadughar)


Starting its journey on March 22, 1996, the Liberation War Museum, more commonly known among Bangladeshis as the Muktijuddho Jadughar, has made a special place for itself in the hearts of millions. Located in the capital's Agargaon, the museum, an outcome of citizens' effort, does not just preserve history of the glorious Liberation War of 1971 but also through various programmes and activities engages with the new generation to make them aware of the history of their country. The museum which commemorates the Bangladesh Liberation War that led to the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan has more than 21,000 artifacts and exhibits on display or stored in its archives.

Bangabandhu Memorial Museum


Bangabandhu Memorial Museum is situated at Dhanmondi Residential Area of Dhaka. The house of Bangabandhau Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation and the first President of Bangladesh was turned into Bangabundhu Memorial Museum in 1997. Bangabundhu and other members of his family were killed by some derailed members of the army in this house on 15 August 1975. There are different rare photographs of Sheikh Mujib's entire life and many reminiscent objects of last days of his life in the house. Besides, different things that were used by Bangabandhu have been preserved in the house. The whole house bears witness to the frightful incident of 15 August 1975. Its walls and stairs bear marks of several bullet holes. The house is a three-storeyed building is called now Bangabandhu Bhaban.

Baitul Mukarram National Mosque


Baitul Mukarram, also spelled as Baytul Mukarrom is the national mosque of Bangladesh. Located at the center of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, the mosque was completed in 1968. The mosque has a capacity of 40,000, giving it the respectable position of being the 10th biggest mosque in the world. The mosque has several modern architectural features whilst at the same time it preserves the traditional principles of Mughal architecture which has for some time been dominant in the Indian sub-continent. Baitul Mukarram's large cube shape was modeled to that of the Ka'abah at Mecca making it a noticeable structure being unlike any other mosque in Bangladesh.

Curzon Hall, University of Dhaka


The Curzon Hall is a British Raj-era building and home of the Faculty of Science at the University of Dhaka. The building was originally intended to be a town hall and is named after Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India who laid its foundation stone in 1904. During the Bengali Language Movement, 1948–1956, Curzon Hall was the location of various significant events. After the Partition of India in 1947 that formed the country of Pakistan, Urdu was chosen to be the sole state language, which was protested within the assembly on the grounds that the majority of the people spoke Bangla and not Urdu. Students of Dhaka University objected instantly to the actions of the Constituent Assembly and it was in Curzon Hall that they declared their opposition to the state language policy.

Shaheed Minar, Dhaka


The Shaheed Minar (Martyr Monument) is a national monument in Dhaka, Bangladesh, established to commemorate those killed during the Bengali Language Movement demonstrations of 1952 in then East Pakistan. On 21 and 22 February 1952, students were killed when the Pakistani police force opened fire on Bengali protesters who were demanding official status for their native tongue, Bengali. The massacre occurred near Dhaka Medical College and Ramna Park in Dhaka. A makeshift monument was erected on 23 February by students of University of Dhaka and other educational institutions, but soon demolished on 26 February by the Pakistani police force. After Bangladesh gained independence in 1971, it was rebuilt. National, mourning, cultural and other activities held each year to mark 21 February, Ekushey or Shaheed Dibas (Martyrs' Day), are centred on the Shaheed Minar. Since 2000, 21 February is also recognised as International Mother Language Day.

Lalbagh Fort


Lalbagh Fort, an incomplete Mughal palace, fortress at Dhaka on the river Buriganga in the southwestern part of the old city. The river has now gone further south and flows at quite a distance from the fort. The construction of the fort was commenced in 1678 AD by Prince Muhammad Azam and was being continued by his successor Shaista Khan. Pari Bibi, the daughter of Shaista Khan, died in the fort in 1684. She was buried inside the fort in the ground to the east of the mosque. Shaista Khan built a magnificent tomb on the mortal remains of his daughter.

Supreme Court Building


The Supreme Court Building is situated on Qazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, opposite the picturesque curzon hall, and skirting the Ramna Green. The Supreme Court of Bangladesh is the highest court of law in Bangladesh. It is composed of the High Court Division and the Appellate Division, and was created by Part VI Chapter I of the Constitution of Bangladesh adopted in 1972.

Hatirjheel, Dhaka


Hatirjheel is a lakefront in Dhaka, Bangladesh that has been transformed into a transportation medium for minimizing traffic congestion. The Hatirjheel-Begunbari project was inaugurated on January 2, 2013 by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. On the occasion of the inauguration, Hatirjheel was decorated with multi-coloured flowers and flattering flags of different hues. It is now a popular recreational spot for residents of Dhaka and is currently undergoing renovation. Legend has it that the elephants of Dhaka's Pilkhana used to take baths in these wetlands – hence the name Hatirjheel.

Jamuna Future Park


Jamuna Future Park is a shopping mall in Dhaka, and the largest shopping mall in Bangladesh with a gross leasable area of 1,614,586 square feet (150,000 m2). It was inaugurated on 6 September 2013. Construction began in 2002, and the exterior was completed in 2008.

Swadhinata Stambha


Swadhinata Stambha or Independence Monument is a national monument in Bangladesh to commemorate the historical events that took place in the Suhrawardy Udyan, previously known as Ramna Race Course ground regarding the Liberation War of Bangladesh. The Government of Bangladesh took the initiative to build the monument in 1996 and the construction began in 1999. The main attraction of the project is a 50-meter high tower composed of stacked glass panels, which stands at the place where the Pakistani Instrument of Surrender was signed at the end of the war.

Bashundhara City Shopping Mall


Bashundhara City is a shopping mall in Dhaka, and the second largest shopping mall in Bangladesh. Bashundhara City is a 19 floor building complex covering an area of 191200 sqft comprising an 8 floor podium containing retail spaces, theme park, cinemas, fitness club, swimming pool and food court with a 19 storey Corporate Office of Bashundhara Group. The fully air-conditioned shopping mall with rooftop gardens is considered a modern symbol of the emerging city of Dhaka. Bashundhara City is one of the largest shopping malls in South Asia: up to 50,000 people visit daily.