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Sadarbari Folk-Art Museum

This is our next stop is Sadarbari Folk-Art Museum before getting inside I bought and drink buko juice fresh from the fruit in one of the street vendors, thirsty eh.

This stunning rajbari is built in 1901 which is an appropriate building for folk-art museum. The building has two facades. The one facing the street, with steps leading down to the water and life-size English horsemen in stucco on either side, is one of the most picturesque in Bangladesh. The other, at the museum’s entrance is profusely embellished with a mosaic of blue and white tiles, and has something of an Andalucian look to it.

Inside, the unadorned rooms are stuffed full off folk art and handicrafts.

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And as expected after exiting the museum there are few students who approached to have photo with us, and with Pookie bear.

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Painam Nagar (Panam City)

After visiting Goaldi Mosque, taking few pictures and walk a little bit we took the car again and our driver and Ali brought us to the old city.

The panam city was the center of the upper-middleclass people of 19th century Sonargaon. It is now in ruins. Mainly Hindu cloth merchants lived here. It takes only five minute to go panam city from Folk Art and Craft Museum. When Mughal’s conquered the Sonargaon in 1611AD, the pamam city was linked with the main city area by 3 important bridges. Panam still have these three bridges.After the Indo-Pak war in 1965 and when the muslim-hindu riot started, Panam city has reduced into a vacant community.

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Constructed almost entirely between 1895 and 1905 on a small segment of the ancient capital city, this tiny settlement consists of a single narrow street, lined with around 50 (now dilapidated) mansions built by wealthy Hindu merchants. At the time of partition, many owners fled to India, leaving their elegant homes in the care of poor tenants, who did nothing to maintain them.  Most of the remaining owners pulled out during the anti-Hindu riots of 1964, which led up to the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.

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Trip to Sonargaon, Goaldi Mosque

After less than one hour we arrived in Dhaka (Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport) but this time we already know where to get a legit taxi,for your own information there’s two booth for taxi service in the arrival area, just on the corner of the exit doors. So we hired a taxi that will bring us to the same hotel which is Hotel Pacific – that we stayed when we first arrived in Bangladesh and we saved almost half of the payment, I will blog about the Hotel on my last post as we stayed there until our departure day.

We just ate dinner when we arrived in the hotel and then the next day we look for our driver Ali because he is going to help us find a car that will bring us to Sonargaon.

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Sonargaon is 23km from Dhaka, it is is the ancient capital of Isa Khan’s kingdom in Bengal. It is located near the current-day city of Narayanganj, Bangladesh.

According to history the great Muslim traveler Ibn Battuta visited Sonargaon in the 14th century. It is thought that when a squadron of the Chinese fleet of Zheng He, commanded by the eunuch Hong Bao, visited Bengal in 1432, they visited Sonargaon as well. The information about that expedition comes from the book of one of its participants, the translator Ma Huan.

Sonargaon is the eastern terminus of the Grand Trunk Road, which was built by Sher Shah Suri, extended approximately 2500 kilometres from Bangladesh across northern India to Peshawar in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province.

Our first stop is  Goaldi Mosque, a single domed mosque which is built in 1519.  It is the most impressive in few extant monuments of the old capital city, it is a good example of the pre-Mughal architecture.

The mosque 50m beyond Goaldi is built on 1704 during the Mughal period.

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