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About

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  • Bangladesh is a country located in South Asia.
  • It is bordered by the Bay of Bengal to the south, mostly surrounded by India and bordering Myanmar in the southeast.
  • Although Bangladesh emerged as an independent country only in 1972, its history stretches back thousands of years and it has long been known as a crossroads of history and culture.
  • In Bangladesh, you will find the world’s longest sea beach, countless mosques, the largest mangrove forest in the world, interesting tribal villages and a wealth of elusive wild life.
  • The country’s population is almost evenly distributed throughout its 64 districts; except for the three Hill Tracts districts which are rather sparsely inhabited. Regionally, the eastern districts have a slightly higher density than the western ones.


FACTS

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    • The name Bangladesh means the ‘Country of Bengalis’.
    • Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, while Bengali is the official language. However, English is also widely spoken and understood.
    • Lily is the national flower of Bangladesh.
    • Islam is the main religion practiced in Bangladesh.
    • Bangladesh was earlier known as East Pakistan.
    • The national bird of Bangladesh is Doyel, while the national animal is Royal Bengal Tiger.
    • The national game of Bangladesh is known as Kabbadi.
    • Mahasthangarh is Bangladesh’s oldest known city site.
    • India was the first country to acknowledge Bangladesh as an independent new born country.
    • Apart from cyclones, Bangladesh regularly suffers from extensive flooding caused by monsoon rains and melting snows from the Himalayas.
    • There are a number of archaeological and historical sites in Bangladesh, which are known to date back as far as the third century BC
    • About 80 films are produced in Bangladesh each year.
    • In Bangladesh you drive on the left-hand side of the road.
    • Cricket is the most popular sport in Bangladesh, closely followed by football (soccer).
    • Currently, there are over 200,000 members in the Bangladesh army.
    • Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan on March 26, 1971

Avg. Costs

  • 2L bottled water: 23 BDT
  • Chai: 4 BDT
  • Newspaper: 10 BDT
  • Candy bar: 15 BDT
  • Coke/Pepsi: 15 BDT
  • Pair of readymade pants: 100 BDT
  • Boiled eggs are a popular snack 3-5 BDT
  • Bananas 2 BDT each
  • Apples 80-100 BDT/KG
  • Oranges, grapes, pomegranates, papayas and mangos 50-150 BDT/KG
  • Standard price for double room – Budget 50-500 BDT, Midrange 550-5000 BDT,  and Splurge 5000+ BDT
  • Basic shave at a barber 10-20 BDT

 

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Climate

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  • Bangladesh has a sub tropical monsoon climate.
  • There are six seasons in a year; Winter (Dec-Jan), Spring (Feb-Mar), Summer (Apr-May), Monsoon (June-July), Autumn (Aug-Sep) and Late Autumn (Oct-Nov).
  • The average temperature across the country usually ranges between 9° C – 29 ° C in winter months and between 21° C – 34 ° C during summer months.
  • Annual rainfall varies from 160-200 cm in the west, 200-400 cm in the south-east and 250-400 cm in the north-east
  • The weather pattern is similar to the Gulf Coast in the United States.

Places to See

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Bangladesh National Museum

  • Established as Dhaka Museum in 1913.
  • It has been renamed as the National Museum and was shifted to its new building at Shahbag in 1983.
  • It is a four storied building and has 40 galleries.
  • The museum contains a large number of interesting collections including sculptures and paintings of the Buddhist and Muslim periods
  • It also has a rich collection of gold coins, metal images, books on art, ivory and silver filigree works, textiles including the world famous muslim fabric
  • Valuable articles of the heroic liberation war of Bangladesh
  • Open: Saturday – Wednesday, 10am- 7pm
  • Closed: Thursday
  • Entrance Fee: 2 BDT

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Folk Art Museum

  • The Folk Art Museum was established in 1975 to fulfil the dream of the celebrated painter Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin.
  • The museum has a very rich collection of folk objects of different materials and forms of aesthetic and utilitarian values.
  • It is a national institution, which represents traditional art heritage of Bangladesh, exhibiting objects of exceptional design and skill.
  • Open: Saturday – Wednesday, 9am – 5pm
  • Closed: Thursday, Friday & Government Holidays
  • Entrance: Free

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Ethnological Museum

  • The Ethnological Museum at Chittagong stands as a milestone in our national progress.
  • It is a place where ample facilities have been provided to carry out ethnological research.
  • This museum is recognized as one of the best-specialized museums in Southeast Asia.
  • It houses objects of 12 different tribes of Bangladesh and also of many tribes of Australia, India and Pakistan.
  • Entrance fee: Adult 1 BDT and children 0.50 BDT

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Varendra Museum

  • Situated at Rajshahi.
  • This museum has a rich collection of objects of Mohenjodaro and also of 16th to l9th century AD.
  • Its rich collections contain interesting objects of past Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim heritage.
  • It is located at the heart of Rajshahi town and maintained by Rajshahi University authority.
  • The year of its formal establishment is 1910.

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Tribal Museum

  • The only Tribal Cultural Museum in the Hill Tracts region
  • It was established at Rangamati town in 1978 and run by the Tribal Cultural Institute.
  • It preserves valuable objects and articles of different tribes depicting their socio economic, cultural and historical tradition.
  • You will see on display typical tribal dresses, ornaments, arms and ammunitions, coins, statues made of wood, bronze and other metals, musical instruments, ivory products, handicrafts and paintings on tribal life.
  • Open: Saturday – Thursday, 10am – 4pm
  • Closed: Friday & Public Holidays

Etiquette

Country Customary Information: Bangladesh is a hierarchical society where people are respected by their position and age. Greetings usually take place between members of the same sex. Personal space isn’t a big issue, as they often stand close together when speaking to someone of the same sex. If a man is speaking to a woman often times space is increased. The international dialing code is +880 and Bangladesh is +6 hours GMT.

Communication Etiquette: The handshake is common but often times it will be weak, or limp. If people are the same age, they will use their first names. Age dictates how people are addressed. They are often indirect communicators, often trying to communicate in long contextualized sentences. Personal space isn’t a big issue, as they often stand close together when speaking to someone of the same sex. If a man is speaking to a woman often times space is increased.

Business Etiquette: The etiquette in the business culture is pretty formal. Businessmen should be addressed by the term, ”Bahadur (Sir),” while women may be addressed as “Begum (Madam).” Business cards are exchanged upon introduction; educational qualifications are valued so include any university degrees. Treat their card with respect, and place into a cardholder. Completing each meeting completely has more value then any set schedule; so many meetings may extend for longer periods of time. A serious face is said to demonstrate maturity. This will be appreciated because Bangladesh is a social hierarchy.

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