Bangladesh’s Fake Taj Mahal

The famed Taj Mahal has long inspired copies made from such materials as matchsticks, plastic blocks, or sand. Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, built a three-quarter-sized replica for a shopping festival several years ago. Architects may decry such attempts to replicate the Mughal masterpiece but that has not dissuaded a Bangladeshi man from spending millions of dollars to build what he claims is a life-sized copy of the original. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman traveled to Sonargaon in Bangladesh to have a look.