Dhanmondi (Bengali: ধানমন্ডি) is a residential neighborhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh, known for its central location, cultural vibrancy and being home to the country's founder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The origins of Dhanmondi can be traced back to the late 1950s, when the Government of East Pakistan developed it as a centrally planned and residential area to house the city's top bureaucrats. Over the decades evolved into a bustling miniature city in itself, with a vast array of hospitals, shopping malls, English Medium schools, universities, cafes, restaurants and art galleries.
|• Total||4.34 km2 (1.68 sq mi)|
|Elevation||23 m (75 ft)|
|• Density||20,691/km2 (53,590/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+6 (BST)|
|Notable sport teams||Sheikh Jamal|
Dhanmondi's origins can be traced back to the 1950s, beginning as a residential area for the city, and over the decades evolving into a miniature city, with hospitals to malls, schools, banks, offices and universities. After the liberation war, its neighbourhoods primarily consisted of two-story houses.
The founding father of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, lived here. He was assassinated along with most of his family at his residence in Dhanmondi road no. 32 in 1975. His residence has since become a memorial museum. Many other notable people also live here.
Today, Dhanmondi is a sprawling residential area consisting of many apartment buildings, attracting many real estate companies. Thousands of people live here and many more move here each year because of its central location in Dhaka City. Due to several new real estate developments, Dhanmondi has become one of the costliest places to live in the city.
The lakeside walkway at Dhanmondi Lake is overlooked by the Rabindra Sharabar, an open-air amphitheater near the Road 8 bridge, where dramas, concerts, and various cultural programs are held from time to time by both amateur and professional artistes, especially during major festivals and holidays.
Snack stalls along the lakeside, particularly on Road 2 (opposite the entrance to Bangladesh Rifles), Road 5 (on an island accessible only by foot bridges from two sides), Road 8 (near the amphitheater) and Road 32 (opposite the residence of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman), offer a variety of snacks and beverages, aimed at city dwellers during the day. These places are gathered by a lot of people, mostly around late afternoon.
Almost every bank operating in the country has an outlet in Dhanmondi. Foreign banks such as Citi, HSBC and Standard Chartered also have branches there, with HSBC and Standard Chartered having multiple ATM booths within the area.
Dhanmondi is known for its wide range of restaurants and cafes that mostly cluster around Satmasjid Road. Several local and international fast food chains in the country have outlets in this area.
Dhanmondi is home to many renowned food chains, especially fast food. International chains include KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Domino's Pizza, Chatime, Second Cup, Gloria Jean's Coffees, Coffee World, A&W, Pizza Inn, Secret Recipe, Mövenpick, Baskin-Robbins, New Zealand Natural, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, CP, Herfy, Tony Roma's and ChicKing.
Real estate in Dhanmondi has seen prices rise over the last 20 years.
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Over the last fifteen years, a large number of schools, colleges and private universities have been developed around the area.
Many well-known English medium schools in the country, such as Scholastica (Junior Section), South Breeze, Sunbeams, Oxford International School Main Campus and Junior Dhanmondi Campus, Mastermind, Maple Leaf, Marie Curie, Dhanmondi Tutorial, Sunnydale, European Standard School (ESS) etc. English version schools like Scholars School and College are also located here.
Colleges like Dhaka City College are located here. Among the universities, University Of Development Alternative (UODA), International Islamic University Chittagong, the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, United International University, Daffodil International University, Eastern University, People's University of Bangladesh, World University of Bangladesh, Stamford University, University of Asia Pacific and Best Link Future Development Foundation (Head Campus) (Computer Education) are the most well known.
A Nando's outlet on Road 27
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