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11 Amazing Facts About Bangladesh

Jannatul Ferdous Lima

Jannatul Ferdous Lima

Jannatul Ferdous Lima is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Bangladesh).

Jannatul was born and raised in Bangladesh. She admires her country’s history and culture. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree in CSE (Computer Science and Engineering).

Jannatul wants to travel around the whole world; she loves to explore new cultures, taste new food, and make new friends.

Bangladesh is a small country with a lot of natural attractions. Jannatul is here to share the cultural insights into her beloved motherland.
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Bangladesh is a small country located in South Asia.  Its long shores are washed over by the beautiful Bay of Bengal and it shares its land borders with India and Myanmar (Burma).  Bangladesh’s total area is 143,998 square kilometers, while its current population is 156,595,000 (or about 2,600 – 3000 citizens per square mile).

Here are some more interesting facts about my beautiful homeland:

1. Bangladesh has its own language

Bangladesh’s history includes numerous heroic sacrifices to preserve our native language.  On February 21st in 1952, numerous brave citizens fought to establish “Bangla” as the official language of Bangladesh.  They raised their voice against an unjust decision to make “Urdu” the official language of our country.  As a result, UNESCO declared the 21st of February the International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999.  Hence, this day is now officially celebrated worldwide as of February 21st, 2000.

On this day our citizens wake up very early in the morning.  They walk barefoot to Shaheed Minar to place flowers on its steps.  They would then stand silently for a few moments to show their love and respect for the motherland.

Shaheed Minar, Dhaka, Bangladesh - Global Storybook

Shaheed Minar, Dhaka

2. Bangladesh was once under Mughal Empire

For some time in history, Bangladesh was under the Mughal rule.  In the south-western part of the capital Dhaka, there’s a beautiful fortress from the 17th century which was built under a Mughal emperor.  The name of the palace is Lalbagh Kella (or the Fort Aurangabad), and it is located on the banks of the river Buriganga.

Some of the main attractions of this historic palace include the stunning Lalbagh Mosque, the Audience Hall, the Hammam Khana which was a bathing place of Nawab Shaista Khan, plus the magnificent Tomb of Pari Bibi.

Lalbagh Fort or Fort Aurangabad, an incomplete Mughal palace fortress at Dhaka City, Bangladesh - Global Storybook3. Bangladesh has a large Muslim population

In fact, Bangladesh has the fourth largest Muslim population in the world.  The capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka is known as “the City of Mosques,” as there are numerous gorgeous mosques in the town.  Among some of the most stunning are the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, the Chawk Mosque, the Musa Khan Mosque, the Saat Masjid and the Sitara Mosque.  Their combined architectural beauty is simply breathtaking.

Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh - Global Storybook

Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka

4. Bangladesh has 3 amazing World Heritage Sites

Another famous attraction in Bangladesh is the Sixty Dome Mosque.  It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.  It is the largest mosque from the Sultanate period in Bangladesh.

Its founder was Khan Al-Azam Ulugh Khan Jahan, who is also popularly known simply as Khan Jahan Ali.  He was a celebrated Sufi saint as well as the ruler of the southern part of Bangladesh – Khalifatabad (the present Bagerhat).  Khan Jahan Ali cleared up a dense forest in the Sundarbans area to settle people.  He also built numerous mosques, madrasas, roads, bridges, and digihis (big ponds) in Bagerhat, Khulna, and Jessore.

The Sixty Dome Mosque, Bangladesh - Global Storybook5. Bangladesh has 6 distinct seasons

Bangladesh has six fully distinct seasons, and it’s sometimes called “the playground of seasons”.  Those six seasons are the Summer, the Monsoon, the Autumn, the Late Autumn, the Winter and the Spring.  Every season comes with different crops, fruits, lifestyle, and festivals.  In fact, Bangladeshi people celebrate every season with a different festival.

Diwali festival or the 'festival of lights', Bangladesh - Global Storybook

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6. Bangladesh has the second fastest river in the World

When it comes to nature – Bangladesh has numerous gorgeous natural attractions.  Forests, rivers, mountains, animals, beaches and many others.  As a matter of fact, Bangladesh has the second fastest river in the world, right after Amazon.  Its name is “Padma.”  There are also more than 700 rivers located in Bangladesh.  Padma, Jamuna, Meghna are some of the most scenic.

Padma, Bangladesh - Global Storybook7. Bangladesh is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger

The biggest touristic attraction in Bangladesh is undoubtedly the World’s largest single block of a tidal halophytic mangrove forest called the Sundarbans.  Though, it’s also sometimes called the Samudraban, Shomudrobôn or Chandra-bandhe Sunderbans means “beautiful forest” in Bengali.  You will find this gorgeous attraction in the south-western part of Bangladesh.

The Sundarbans provides a unique ecosystem and a rich wildlife habitat.  It’s also home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, in addition to lizards, crocodiles, boars, jungle fowls, monkeys and a countless variety of beautiful birds.  You can hear the roar of a Royal Bengal Tiger from 3 km away.

Royal Bengal Tiger, Sundarbans, Bangladesh - Global Storybook8. Bangladesh has the longest uninterrupted sea beach in the World

The longest sea beach in the world is also in Bangladesh.  Its name is the Cox’s Bazar.  It lies in the Bay of Bangle, in the most southern part of Bangladesh.  This 120 km long beach is very popular among surfers.  Numerous locals collect pearls, seashells, and fish at this beach for a living.  It’s an especially spectacular sight during sunrise and sunset.

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Global Storybook9. Bangladesh plays sports

Bangladesh is quite successful in sports.  The number one all-rounder in cricket is Shakib Al Hasan, who is from Bangladesh.  Bangladesh is also a full member of ICC.  Our national team takes 7th place in the ODI ranking.

10. Bangladesh has its own share of famous people

Numerous prominent people were born in Bangladesh, such as:

  • Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel prize laureate.  He received the award for developing the concept of microcredit and microfinance.
  • Jawed Karim, a co-founder of the famous video uploading website YouTube.  He was also the one who uploaded the very first video to the site.
  • Salman Khan, the founder of the largest internet school, the Khan Academy.  This non-profit online academy has educated over 10 million students.

11. “Made in Bangladesh”

Finally, Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest apparel exporter of the Western brands.  The textile and garment sector has produced around 60% cloth for the European buyers and around 40% for the American.

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