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Walk through vibrant markets of Dhaka

By Carlton Leisure - 31/08/2015


Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is a giant metropolis that buzzes with activities throughout the day. This largest city in Bangladesh is a city of aspiration for common Bangladeshis who come here for work, education or make it big into the city. Founded in 17th century the city has now sprawled to become 11th largest metropolitan area in the world. The city commands great historical importance as it has been under the rule of various rulers. And when it got separated from Pakistan it was made capital of Bangladesh. Owing to its political and tourism importance a large number of people fly to Dhaka. Apart from being known for various historical attractions, the city is well known for its colourful markets. Here we give a brief description of famous markets in Dhaka.

Shankar Plaza

Set opposite famous Chayanot Cultural Building, Nijam’s Shankar Plaza is a market with diverse shopping options. Spread over seven floors, the market was opened for public in 2003. The first two floors of the market are attributed to garments and fashion while other floors are meant for cosmetics movies and other products. To facilitate tourists restaurants and internet cafes are also available here. Tourists can easily reach their as a bus stand, a taxi stand and a rickshaw stand are situated near the market. But the outskirts of the market are somehow crowded thus making walking difficult. The infrastructure facilities require a shot in the arm.

Hazaribag Bazaar

Situated in Old Dhaka, this market is famous for its tanneries. In previous decades the tanneries were one of the major foreign exchange earners for the country. As per an estimate more than 300 tanneries are in existence here. The Leather Technology College of Bangladesh is also situated in the same locality. Apart from the tanneries the area is home to a large number of shops.

Panthapath Furniture Market

Panthapath Furniture Market is the place where common people go to buy home, office as well as institutional furniture. This prominent furniture market in Dhaka sells furniture of every range and budget. Situated opposite Bashundhara City, an upscale market, the market is easy to access from the different parts of Dhaka. Here you can find materials made up of wood, bamboo, iron, plastic and steel. The market sells branded as well as locally made furniture.

Mohammadpur Krishi Market

Situated in Mohammadpur suburb of Dhaka City, the Krishi market is famous as wholsale market of agricultural produce. Previously the area was crime prone but with improved security major things have changed for better. Founded in 1981 and run by Dhaka City Corporation the market has 150 shops. Recently a new market called Notun Krishi Bazaar has also been formed where groceries, vegetables, stationery, garments and fish are popular items on sale.

Kawran Bazaar

The largest wholesale general goods market in Dhaka Kawran Bazaar is the place from where retailers purchase their goods. Vegetables, fish, rice and grocery products are popularly shopped items here. Founded by Kawran Singh, a Marwari merchant, the market has evolved to become a market with more than 1200 stores.