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Restoration of historic heritages will bring more tourists

Update : 25 Apr 2015, 07:16 PM

Restoration of historic heritage like Baro Sardar Bari at Sonargaon, the capital of Isa Khan, would help Bangladesh attract more tourists from home and abroad, said Lee Yun-yong, Korean ambassador in Dhaka yesterday.

He came up with the comment during his visit at Folk Arts Museum to see the progress of Baro Sardar Bari restoration projects.

Youngone Corporation as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has taken the initiatives to restore the heritage through renovation, to represent it to the young generation of the country as well to the global tourists. The estimated cost for the project is about $1.7m.

“Bangladesh has beautiful heritage and we are very happy to be a part of that regarding the renovation of historic heritage, said Lee Yun-yong. If these project is completed, it would attract more tourist from the globe and Bangladesh as well as, said Lee. We will also concentrate on the renovation of Panam Nagor another heritage of the area, he added.  

To uphold the glorious and beautiful heritage of Baro Sarder Bari, we have taken the initiative in cooperation with Youngone Corporation, said Rabindra Gop, director of Folk Arts Museum. The renovation will help Bangladesh to learn the young generation about its prestigious historic places and establishment, he added.  

Kihak Sung, chairman of Youngone Corporation, has undertaken the initiative to conserve this building in an authentic and scientific manner as a part of their social responsibility and commitment towards Bangladesh.

The purpose of this initiative is to restore the Baro Sardar Bari as much as possible to its original beauty and splendor, which will represent the culture, history and heritage of this nation to the visitors. After physical intervention, the life style of the Sardars will be displayed in the frontal block of this edifice and the other or rear part will be used as National Folk and Crafts Museum.

This ongoing restoration work includes of all highly ornamented surfaces, floor finish, chinnitikri ornamentation, replacement of wooden beams, doors, windows, main entrance, glass roof for courtyard, the embankment and two ghats of the western bank of the pond.

Sonargaon was a medieval administrative and maritime center in Bengal and described by several travellers, including Ibn Batuta, Ma Huan, Ralph Fitch, as a thriving centre of trade and commerce connected with the historic silk and spice route. 

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