Bangabhaban – The Presidents Palace of Bangladesh

screenshot_394The official resident and major workplace of the President of Bangladesh is known as Bangabhaban. It is located at the capital city Dhaka. The luxurious house was using as official residence of the head of state since British period. The British Viceroy of India, The Governor of East Bengal and Assam and The Governor of East Pakistan used this house as Governor House. Later on it becomes the official dwelling place for President of independent Bangladesh.

During the Sultanate period of Bengal, a Sufi saint named Shahjalal Dakhini and his followers used to reside in this area. The agents of Sultan killed the Saint along with his followers and buried in the site of Bangabhaban.Gradually the place become the mausoleum of the saint and further abandoned by the authority. One of the member of Dhaka Nawab family named Nawab Khawaja Abdul Ghani bought the site from an Armenian landlord and raised a lodge name Dilkusha Garden. Later on at British period after the partition of Bengal, the government of East Bengal and Assam bought the place and constructed a luxurious house which was used as the official dwelling house of Viceroy of India until 1911. Then from 1911 to 1947 until the partition of Pakistan and India, the house was used as the house of Governor of Bengal. After 1947 as East Bengal become the part of Pakistan do the house become the resident of the Governor of East Pakistan, Finally after the independent war of 1971 the Bangabhaban becomes the official dwelling place of the President of Bangladesh.

The major building of Bangabhaban is a three storied deluxe complex. The Presidents dwelling house is at north-east corner of the site which is a two storied building. The Presidents house includes two spacious suits along with five bedrooms. Inside the complex there is Presidents office, The office of Civil and Military secretary of the President, Office of rest of the officials, separate rooms for local and foreign visitors at ground floor, cabinet room, darbar hall, banquet hall, mini auditorium, state dining hall and lounge for visitors, The security office, bank, Three domed mosque, tailor shop, canteen and post office. The huge arrangements are strictly guarded by the Presidents guard regiment and four sided high rise walls with adequate watch towers.