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Once a den of drug addicts, Chittagong DC Park is now a kingdom of flowers

  • Month-long flower festival set to begin on Thursday
  • 127 species of exotic flowers adorn park
  • Tulips imported from the Netherlands 
  • Entry fee Tk30 
Update : 25 Jan 2024, 05:31 PM

DC Park in Chittagong’s Fouzdarhat has become a place of attraction for city dwellers for vibrant displays of colourful flowers along the sea beach after the district administration developed the park inspired by Dubai's renowned Miracle Garden. 

A month-long flower festival is scheduled to begin at the park on Thursday evening.

The festival, organized for the second time, promises a delightful experience for visitors with a collection of 127 species of exotic flowers. 

In addition to the floral extravaganza, the event features added attractions such as kite flying, a traditional sweets festival, and a music festival.

Once infamous as a drug den near the Fouzdarhat area on Link Road in Chittagong, DC Park was transformed into a 194-acre park by the district administration.

The various species of flowers capture the attention of visitors, not just through their colours but also through their artistic arrangements. 

Chittagong Deputy Commissioner Abul Bashir Mohammad Fakhruzzaman said: "The flower festival, starting today, is the second edition of the event initiated by the district administration. This year, the park will also be illuminated in the evenings to enhance the attraction."

There is a heavenly kingdom of flowers with more than 127 species, surrounded by a vast pond where kayaking takes place in the park. There are also arrangements of boat rides, art exhibitions by 100 artists, a book fair, a violin show, puppet shows, and daily cultural performances to enchant visitors.

The Chittagong district administration reported that the park has been adorned with tulips imported from the Netherlands. The entry fee for visitors this year is Tk30.

Mentioning the efforts behind the festival, Sitakunda UNO M Rafiqul Islam, said: "The drug den has been transformed into a kingdom of flowers. Seeing the enthusiasm of the people last year, we are going to arrange bigger this year with a month-long festival."

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