Discover the History and Culture of Chittagong
Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, the city of Chittagong is the second largest city and main seaport of Bangladesh. While being a busy commercial hub for the Chittagong Region, the city and its surroundings offer some of the most spectacular natural treasures of the country, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Foy’s Lake and Patenga Beach. Chittagong also offers some interesting museums and landmarks that preserve the history and culture of Bangladesh, such as the Shaheed Zia Memorial Complex, the Chittagong Ethnological Museum and the WWII Cemetery and Circuit House.
The Chittagong Hill Tracts are unique in so many ways, and are counted among the most popular tourist attractions in Bangladesh. From a geographic viewpoint, the area, which includes the Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachari districts, is the only really hilly region in Bangladesh. It is also unique from a cultural point of view, with up to eleven different ethnic groups living together in harmony, as they have done for generations. Although these various ethnic groups share a common history and have common goals for community wellbeing, they have each maintained their own traditional religious beliefs and tribal customs. Visitors to the area will have the opportunity to find out more about these age-old traditions and customs, and to buy locally made handicrafts from the many markets.
A tour through the Ethnological Museum will help visitors to gain more insight into the multi-ethnic society of Chittagong. In addition to documenting the history of the region, the museum is recording events as they take place for the benefit of future generations. Each of the eleven tribes who inhabit the Chittagong Hill Tracts have a section dedicated to their history and culture.
Located on the outskirts of Chittagong, Foy’s Lake offers picturesque picnic spots which are popular with locals and visitors alike. This large man-made lake was created in 1924 and named after the British engineer who designed it. The amusement park at the lake offers fun and excitement for the whole family, and those who would prefer some tranquil time-out can take a boat ride on the lake to fully appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.