Located in Southeast Asia, Bangladesh is a country renowned for its lush greenery,
cultural history, and mouthwatering local cuisines. After gaining independence in 1971,
Bangladesh has strived to become a consistently growing economy, as evidenced by its
impressive economic growth rate over the years.
The capital of Dhaka City, formerly known as Dacca, is the economic, political, and cultural center of the country, and has a population of 21 million people who call it their home. Boasting urban landscapes with lively commuters, the capital city is also famous as the origin of the Muslin, a cotton fabric with a plain weave. The traditional art of weaving Jamdani Muslin has been recognized as a masterpiece of intangible heritage by UNESCO.
Having a colossal historical background, the old part of the city, known as Old Dhaka or Puran Dhaka, is a monument to the country’s architectural heritage starting from the era of the Mughal Empire to the more recent British Colonial buildings. Being the center of the language and independence movements of Bangladesh, Dhaka also hosts some significant national monuments that showcase its proud history. There are several annual cultural events held in Dhaka like Pohela Falgun, Pohela Baishakh and Ekushe Book Fair which add to the vibrant atmosphere of the capital city.
The year of 2020 marked the 100th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and in honor of his legacy, the inaugural marathon has been named after him.