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Site and Surrounding

Bangabhaban, the official residence and office of the President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is located in the middle of approximately 23.5 hectares of vast expansive open ground to the south of Dilkhusha Commercial Area and to the south-west of Motijheel Commercial Area in the administrative jurisdiction of Motijheel Police Station of Dhaka city. The National Stadium and the Hockey Stadium lie to its north-western side, the Dhaka Mahanagar Natyamancha and a Park occupy its western side, and the Homeopathy Medical College and the Jaykali Mandir are on its south-western side.

Bangabhaban has a high boundary wall enclosing it on all four sides. The main building is a three-storied palatial complex, which houses the residence and office of the President. All around this building are lush green spaces strewn with trees and ponds. In the area to the north, south, north-east, north-west and east of the main building are located various buildings for the staff and services of Bangabhaban. The area to the north-east is also occupied by the residences of the personal staff of the President and other ancillary staff and service buildings (See chapter V for details). The main entrance gateway to the Bangabhaban occupies more or less the center of the western boundary wall, and is straight west of the main building. There is another entrance gate to the north of this main gateway on the same side, which is used by the staff of Bangabhaban.

There is a vast open green lawn to the north of the main building where invitees gather on various public receptions held by the President on national days. Further north of this open area lies the large oblong tank known as Danadighi, which has a pavilion-ghat on its eastern side. There are two other large water bodies (known as Padma Pukur or Lotus Pond); one to the south-east of the main building, and the other to its north-west, just beyond the main entrance gateway, to its north-east.  D I T Avenue forms the western boundary of Bangabhaban, and runs northward to the Dainik Bangla roundabout.

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