Bangladesh’s beauty lies not only in nature but in historical monuments from forgotten eras. Sonargaon is one of the historical places that is both a treat for the eyes and a history lesson.
Sonargaon, which literally means the “golden village” is one of the oldest cities in Bangladesh. The once capital of eastern Bengal has four rivers and is today a famous tourist destination, only about 30 kilometers away from Dhaka. Its iconic structures and layout constantly evoke its medieval roots. There are a number of relics and old remains that are places of interest for visitors from Bangladesh and abroad. The single-domed mosque, Tomb of Munnah Shuah, Tomb of Ponakai Diwana, Panch Pir Dargah and the square mosque built by Sultan Shah are some of the most popular places to visit.
Panam Nagar is a forgotten and deserted township in Sonargaon, and an incredible landmark. It is carved into the heart of the country’s heritage, with varied architectures dating back to the 13th century. It mainly comprises of single, free-standing buildings and an array of semi-detached houses. The pattern was developed during the pre-Mughal period and much later, by the British during their reign. Some monumental structures include the Dalalpur bridge, Panam bridge, and the Panam Nagar bridge, which are all made of bricks. This place is definitely worth a visit when exploring this region. Although this was once the Hindu capital city of Sonargaon, the ruins of the pre-Muslim period cannot be found today.
Folk Art Museum
A tourists’ favorite, the folk art museum, established in 1975, is housed in a majestic home that is more than a century old. The entrance is ornamented with blue and white mosaics and displays include wood, brass and metal crafts as well as other ancient instruments that offer an insight into the history and culture of the most exotic part of Bangladesh.
Neel-Kuthi in Sonargaon is another destination that is worth a trip. There is a building that was constructed by the English East India Company and was initially used for the cotton trade. This architectural design is a surviving example only through pictures, as the original structure has almost vanished with time.