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Dhaka Architecture Trip

Price $80 Day tour
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Dhaka Architecture Trip

$80 tour starting at

Dhaka architecture trip is a journey through the contemporary architectural wonders of the vibrant capital city. Dhaka architecture beautifully blends tradition and modernity. In this architecture trip, we will explore the captivating architectural landscapes that define the city’s evolving identity. Contemporary architecture in Dhaka seamlessly fuses modern design with rich cultural influences. It’s a testament to how a city can embrace the future while honoring its past.

Bangladesh is closer than it seems. Bangladesh is the second-largest exporter of Western clothing in the world, you may be wearing something made there as you are reading it now.

Bangladesh has grown a very active modern architecture scene over just a few decades, but most people don’t know about it. There is now a stunning body of work that can easily be compared to Western architecture in terms of its versatility, quality, and originality. The fact that almost no one knows about them! Buildings from Bangladesh are not frequently displayed in the West. The genuine beauty of Bangladesh remains concealed by all the negative flaws spread by the media.

The only building that broke this rule is the Assembly Building in Dhaka, which was designed by American architect Louis Isadore Kahn. This monumental building is clearly one of the great mythical works of modernism in the 20th century. It is famous all over the world, yet it is visited by only a handful of people. But maybe at least as interesting as the building itself is how it came to be and how it contributed to contemporary Bangladeshi architecture. It is the result of an unlikely cultural exchange that was started by a Bangladeshi architect Muzharul Islam, who is believed to be the first modern architect in the area. Islam had studied architecture at Yale in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. having Paul Rudolph as one of his professors. When he came back to East Pakistan (which didn’t become Bangladesh until 1971), he looked at the traditional building culture of Bengal through the eyes of Western modernism and made a unique mix of Eastern and Western ideas about space. In 1962, when Dacca (now Dhaka) needed a new parliament building, he would have been the best person to design it. He wanted to improve the process of culture exchange, so he suggested asking a well-known architect from another globe to do the job. Kahn was thrilled to be chosen, and he immediately embraced the Bengali history of architecture right away. With the intellectual company of Islam and the inspiration for deltaic culture, Kahn finally accomplished Bengal’s dream.

The Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (National Assembly Building) is the most notable modern building in Bangladesh and is regarded by many as Kahn’s finest achievement. A visit to the interior, including the octagonal Assembly Hall, is a special delight, despite the exterior’s characteristic bold geometric patterns.

The National Assembly has restricted access. We organize private tours of the interior of the renowned Parliament building with a minimum of ten working days’ notice. A typical excursion to the parliament takes approximately an hour or less. It is also possible to arrange extended visit permission for architects or someone with a special interest in this monumental architecture. Any foreign national or resident must obtain a permit using the application form which you will receive from us. The application must be filled out, signed, and accompanied by a copy of the applicant’s passport and visa. To submit a complete application for a guaranteed visit, it is recommended that all visitors obtain a visa from their native country. Any visitor intending to obtain a visa upon arrival who wishes to visit the parliament within a few business days of arrival may be unable to do so. The parliament is accessible to the public Sunday through Thursday and is closed on Friday, Saturday, and other government holidays.

Dhaka architecture tour is a down-to-dusk program. Besides the National Parliament Building, on this trip you will also visit a lot of modern and elegant buildings of Muzharul Islam, Bashirul Haq, Saif Ul Haque, Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Nahas Ahmed Khalil, Mohammad Foyez Ullah, W. Shamsul Wares, Mustapha Khalid Palash, Marina Tabassum, Salauddin Ahmed, and Kashef Mahbub Chowdhury.

  • Trip price
  • $ 80
    price starts from
  • Group Size Per-person price in USD Or in BDT
    2 PAX $130.00 13,000.00
    4 PAX $90.00 9,000.00
    6 PAX $80.00 8,000.00
    1.2% to 2.5% charges will be applicable while paying by credit card.
  • Reserved vehicle and driver
  • A knowledgeable English-speaking guide
  • A light lunch at a local restaurant
  • All entrance fees and necessary permits
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, tea seasonal fruits and old Dhaka special snacks
  • All rickshaw and boat rides

Personal expenses, gratuities, and any activity not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

Day tour
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Your hotel or residance in Dhaka
  • Departure Time
    7 AM
  • Return Time
    8:00 PM
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, closed shoes, hat. Warm jacket during the winter (November to February). Raincoat/ umbrella during the rainy season (May to August).
Your guide and driver will come to pick you up from your hotel/ residence at 7 AM (or earlier) and drive to the north of Dhaka city to visit the architecture of Marina Tabassum which has won the Aga Khan Award. [You may bring your breakfast package along otherwise your guide will offer you some typical local breakfast according to your sensitivity] Continue driving towards the south to visit some architecture of Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury and the National Assembly building designed by Louis I Kahn. Lunch will be served at the parliament cafeteria (subject to availability) or at a local restaurant, then visit Lui Kahn Hospital Complex, Muzharul Islam's architecture around Agargaon. If you are interested, we may visit some architect's offices for a short interactive session and visit one of their ongoing sites. Afternoon visits to the Museum of Independence, Dhaka Art College, library complex, architecture department of BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, student residence and some British-Mughal combination architecture at the Curzon Hall. If time permits, exploration will continue towards Mohila Shomity Complex and Kamlapur Railway station. Your guide will offer you some addictive street food for a light dinner at a high-end restaurant in Gulshan/Banani. Dropped off at your hotel /residence by early in the evening. It is also possible to drop you at the airport directly if you have a flight to avail.
Please get in touch with us for your customized and detailed itinerary of the Dhaka architecture trip.

Tour Location

Dhaka, Barisal, Bagerhat, Khulna, Narail and Dhaka

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