Fun in Beautiful Surroundings at Foy’s Lake
Chittagong is the second-largest city in Bangladesh as well as being the chief seaport of the country. It is located in southeastern Bangladesh on the banks of the Karnaphuli River which flows into the Bay of Bengal. Foy’s Lake is a large man-made lake on the outskirts of Chittagong, next to Batili Hill. Surrounded by scenic forests and hills, Foy’s Lake is a superb picnic and recreation area which attracts thousands of visitors, both local and international.
Foy’s Lake was excavated in 1924 by the Asam-Bangal Railway Company to serve as a water reservoir for the Chittagong area. The lake was named after the British engineer who was instrumental in designing it. Foy’s Lake was created by constructing an embankment from one hill to another across a narrow valley.
An amusement park was opened at Foy’s Lake recently. The park was designed by the Concord group, who currently manage the running of the amusement park under a 50 year lease agreement signed between the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Concord Entertainment Company. Foy’s Lake Concord Amusement World is built to comply with international safety standards.
Although the Foy’s Lake Concord Amusement World has completely changed the entrance path to the lake from the Chittagong side, the natural beauty of Foy’s Lake is still very evident. Visitors can take a boat ride around the lake to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the area. Rides at the amusement park include two high slides which twist and turn their way to the ground, a high-speed roller-coaster and bumper boats.
At the time of the park opening, the minister of tourism for Bangladesh expressed the hope that the amusement park will encourage more tourists, both local and foreign, to visit the area. The increasing numbers of visitors show that the amusement park is fast becoming a major attraction in the area. Visitors have expressed their enjoyment of the amusement park. But many are even more impressed at the natural beauty of Foy’s Lake and its surroundings.
When visiting Bangladesh, why not put Chittagong on your list of places to visit – and enjoy a boat ride around beautiful Foy’s Lake.