Government District Area Tour (Self Guided), Dhaka

Dhaka's government district area has some attractions worth visiting. The major draw in this area and in all of Dhaka is the Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban complex, which is one of the biggest legislative structures in the world. Here you can also visit Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre, which is one of the biggest convention centers in the world. This tour also contains other significant and appealing stops. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit some of the best of Dhaka's attractions.
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Government District Area Tour Map

Guide Name: Government District Area Tour
Guide Location: Bangladesh » Dhaka (See other walking tours in Dhaka)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Deputy Speaker's Residence
  • Gono Bhaban
  • Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban
  • Bridge on Crescent Lake
  • Chandrima Uddan
  • Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre
  • Bhasani Novo Theatre
Deputy Speaker's Residence

1) Deputy Speaker's Residence

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker Residences are part of the Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban complex. The decision to construct these buildings during the 2001 government term was a controversial one. The government said that they were acting to "complete" the plans of the complex's architect, Louis Kahn, but some of the country's notable architects argued that no such section existed in the original plans. Construction has been halted as a result.
Gono Bhaban

2) Gono Bhaban

Gono Bhaban is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, located next to Chandrima Uddan. For some reason, no one lived in this structure for some time and as a result it became uninhabitable. After renovations, the building was once again usable.
Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban

3) Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban (must see)

Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, the National Parliament of Bangladesh is the Jatiyo Sangshad Building of Bangladesh, located in the capital Dhaka. It was created by architect Louis Kahn and is one of the largest legislative complexes in the world. It houses all parliamentary activities of Bangladesh.

Construction of the Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban began in 1961 by the Government of Pakistan as a permanent building for the federal legislature of both West and East Pakistan. However, it was the eighth session of the second parliament of Bangladesh that first used it on 15 February 1982 after its construction was completed on 28 January of the same year. The Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban has been in operation and has acted as the sole complex used as the National Assembly ever since.

Louis Kahn designed the entire Jatiyo Sangsad complex, which includes lawns, lake and residences for the Members of the Parliament. The architect’s key design philosophy was to represent Bangladeshi culture and heritage, while at the same time optimizing the use of space. The exterior of the building is striking in its simplicity, with huge walls deeply recessed by porticoes and large openings of regular geometric shapes. The main building, which is at the center of the complex, is divided into three parts – the Main Plaza, South Plaza and Presidential Plaza. An artificial lake surrounds three sides of the main building of Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, extending to the Members of Parliament hostel complex. This skillful use of water to portray the riverine beauty of Bangladesh adds to the aesthetic value of the site.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bridge on Crescent Lake

4) Bridge on Crescent Lake

The Bridge runs over Crescent Lake and connects the Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban complex with the Chandrima Uddan. It has an imposing architecture that looks magnificent, especially at night, when it is lit and has its image reflected in the water of Crescent Lake.
Chandrima Uddan

5) Chandrima Uddan

Chandrima Uddan, also called Zia Uddan, is a public park placed on the north of Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban complex. Crescent Lake is between these two attractions. You can access the park by walking on the bridge, which runs over the lake. The park is famous as the site of the grave of the former Bangladesh President, Ziaur Rahman, who was killed in 1981. His mausoleum is a large, impressive structure in the middle of the park. This spot is visited often by locals as well as tourists, who enjoy jogging and skating here. The park itself is a good place for relaxing and resting. Both the complex and the park are a high security zone.
Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre

6) Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre

The Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre is one of the biggest convention centers in the world, built with technical and financial support from China. The building has a surface of 20,000 square meters and an area of 30,000 square meters around the building which houses water fountains, a parking area and 128 flag poles. The structure is equipped with all the latest technologies. The Center hosts significant events, conferences, meetings and much more. The building has an outstanding hall used for exhibition purposes at a national as well as an international level.
Bhasani Novo Theatre

7) Bhasani Novo Theatre

Bhasani Novo Theatre was founded by the Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology. It is an informal science educational center. Here you can watch an interesting planetarium show in a well-furnished auditorium. There is a model of the solar system, portraits of great scientists and various scientific exhibitions. Other events are organized as well, such as an Internet Fair, a Space Fair, Scientific Workshops and more. It is open every day except Wednesdays.

Walking Tours in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Create Your Own Walk in Dhaka

Create Your Own Walk in Dhaka

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dhaka is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

Bangladesh is a country whose main religion is Islam. Muslims constitute about 80 percent of the population. Hindus follow them with 16 percent. Dhaka boasts many magnificent mosques and Hindu temples as well. One of the most beautiful and famous temples is Dhakeshwari Temple. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful places of worship Dhaka has to offer.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 Km or 6 Miles
Dhaka Shopping Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Southern Dhaka Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Dhaka Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Dhaka Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Dhaka boasts great museums and art galleries in which you can learn more about the history and culture of Bangladesh. The impressive art galleries display beautiful and valuable works of the local and international artists. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover what the local museums and art galleries have to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles