Sonargaon, also known as The Golden Village, is a historic township situated about 25 kms south east of Dhaka. Sonargaon was the administrative centre of Eastern Bengal under the Muslim rulers of Bengal. It was the capital of the ancient kingdom ruled by Isha Khan of Bengal. Today, old Sonargaon is home to some of the oldest buildings in Bangladesh and it is the name of an upazila of Narayanganj district. Historians and travellers had always referred to this great township as a result hundreds of tourists from home and abroad visit this place everyday making it to be a famous tourist destination of Bangladesh.
Places of interests
There are a number of old relics and architectural remains such as the tomb of Sultan Giasuddin Azam Shah, the single domed mosque of Mograpara, Goladi mosque, tomb of Munna Shah Darwesh, tomb of Ponakai Diwana, Panch Pir Dargah & the single domes square mosque built by Sultan Jalauddin Fateh Shah. The Khasnagar Dighi pond is also a very famous place of attraction here as this large pond was used by the weavers to wash their cotton threads to produce the fine Muslin fabrics that earned fame across the world.
This ancient place in Sonargaon on the north of Dhaka – Chittagong highway at Mograpara point is said to have been the site of Hindu capital city of Sonargaon. The Panam area also formed part of a Muslim township developed on the south which was perhaps used as the residence of the early Muslim Governors. Panam Nagar appears to be well protected by artificially built canals all around the place. The pattern of architecture here was developed during the pre-mughal periods and at a later stage during the British rule in this part of Bangladesh.
Neel-Kuthi in Sonargaon
This building was constructed by the English East India Company at Dalalpur in the vicinity of Panam of Sonargaon & is situated a few yards north of Dalalpur bridge on the eastern side of the road. It was initially meant for the purchase of Muslin and subsequently used for trading in Indigo. Indigo Kuthis were mostly built in the latter part of the 18th century and some of them still survive in different conditions across Bangladesh. The original structure has almost vanished with the passage of time. Today, only records tell us about the architectural design and character of the original building, about how the decorative treatments expressed the transposition from European architecture & blended with local motifs influenced by the Mughal architecture. The original structure had a flat front facade with regular arched recesses for windows and door openings.
Folk Art Museum
The Folk Art Museum which was established in 1975 to fulfill the dream of the celebrated painter Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, has a very rich collection of folk objects of different materials and forms of aesthetic values, these undoubtedly reflects the sentiments, impulse, temperament, mood, idiosyncrasy, skills & expertise of the artisans. It is a national institution which represents traditional art & heritage of Bangladesh, exhibiting objects of exceptional designs & skills. There are two galleries in the museum, one as wood cutting gallery, another embroidered quilt & Jamdani gallery.