The satellite view shows Dhaka, national capital and largest city in Bangladesh
. Dhaka is located at Buriganga River in Dhaka Division in central Bangladesh, about 200 km (125 mi) north of the Bay of Bengal. The megacity is the center of the cultural and political life in the country.
Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, the somewhat showily National Parliament of a poor country.
Photo: Tanweer Morshed
In the 17th century, Dhaka was the Mughal capital of Bengal (Bengal Subah), a state of the Mughal Empire. After the partition of India in 1947, the city became the administrative capital of East Pakistan, and later, in 1971, the capital of an independent Bangladesh.
The city is the country's political center as well as its center for culture, education, trade, and business, and it is renowned for producing the world's finest muslin (cotton fabric).
Administrative, the city is split into two corporations and run by two majors. In 2011 Dhaka City Corporation, the former city administration was dissolved and replaced by two administrative bodies, the Dhaka North and the Dhaka South corporations.
Dhaka has a population of about 7 million inhabitants, more than 12 million live in its metropolitan area, and more than 17.2 million in the Greater Dhaka Metropolitan area, making Dhaka one of the Megacities
in South Asia. The official language
is Bengali. The city's nicknames are Rickshaw Capital of the World and the City of Mosques.
Dhaka is home to the state-run public Bangladesh National University, with 2 million undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh's oldest university and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
Some points of interest in and around Dhaka:
Domes of Khan Mohammad Mirdha Mosque in Old Dhaka, built in the beginning of the 18th century.
Photo: Tanweer Morshed
, the 18th century unfinished and temporarily abandoned Mughal palace, now houses a museum.
, was the official residential palace and seat of the Dhaka Nawabs (kind of hereditary monarchy).
Dhakeshwari National Temple
, state-owned, Bangladesh's 'National Temple'.
Bangladesh National Museum
- the national museum of Bangladesh devoted to history, archaeology, classical, decorative and contemporary art.
(former seat of the medieval Muslim rulers and governors of eastern Bengal.); Star Mosque
, a 19th century built mosque, one of the several hundred mosques in the city. Sixty Dome Mosque
, Sultanate period mosque, the largest in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed as Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat
. Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho
(National Martyrs' Memorial). Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban
(House of the Parliament of Bangladesh, designed by architect Louis Kahn); Ramna Park
(great public park and recreation area in the heart of the city); New Market
(shopping Bangla style), Shankhari Bazaar
(somewhat run-down Hindu area in Old Dhaka with small temples) Jamuna Future Park
(largest shopping mall in Bangladesh).
Dhaka came to public attention around the world in April 2013, when the Rana Plaza collapsed with a death toll of 1,130, more than 2000 people were injured. The building housed a bank, apartments, several shops, and several garment factories employing around 5,000 people, manufacturing apparel for international brands.
The city came again to the attention of the world in the evening of 1 July 2016, when several Gunmen seized a cafe popular with expats in Dhaka and took hostages inside the cafe, the siege lasted into the morning of the following day. 20 hostages, all foreigners, and two police officers were killed. Security personnel ended the attack by killing six terrorists, one of the terrorists was captured alive, 14 hostages were rescued.
Just zoom in to see Sadarghat Boat Terminal, the area is known as Sadarghat Port, the Dhaka City River Front, located in the southern part of Dhaka.
The map shows a city map of Dhaka with expressways, main roads and streets, and the location of Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport
: DAC), formerly known as Zia International Airport, about 8 km (5 mi) by road (via Tongi Diversion Road and Dhaka - Mymensingh Highway) north of Dhaka.
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