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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
[[Image:GulshanDhaka.jpg|thumb|upright=1.3|A view of Gulshan in Dhaka]]
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[[Image:dhaka_hdr.jpg|thumb|upright=1.3|Highrises in Dhaka.]]
Dhaka is a thriving, colourful and congested metropolis of 20 million people. Given the number of people that live there, and the density they live in, Dhaka is one of the most frenetic places on Earth. The streets and rivers are filled with colourful chaos. It also plays host to the highest number of rickshaws in any city in the world, totalling around 400,000; you certainly won't miss them. Experiencing the city for the first time can often seem overwhelming.
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Dhaka is a thriving, colourful and congested metropolis of some 18 million people. Given the number of people that live there, and the density they live in, Dhaka is one of the most frenetic places on Earth. The streets and rivers are filled with colourful chaos. It also plays host to the highest number of rickshaws in any city in the world, totalling around 400,000; you certainly won't miss them. Experiencing the city for the first time can often seem overwhelming.
  
 
The existence of a settlement in the area that is now Dhaka dates from the 7th century. The area was ruled by the Buddhist kingdom of Kamarupa and the Pala Empire before passing to the control of the Hindu Sena dynasty in the 9th century. The Islamic Mughal Empire soon seized control of the city and turned it into a centre of trade and governance. In the years of their vigorous rule, the successive governors and princely viceroys who ruled the province adorned it with many noble monuments, mosques, tombs, fortifications and 'Katras', often surrounded with beautifully laid out gardens and pavilions. The city passed through another phase under the rule of the British, until it became the seat of the eastern division of Pakistan after Indian partitioning. The Liberation War of 1971 gave Bangladesh its independence and Dhaka was declared the country's capital.
 
The existence of a settlement in the area that is now Dhaka dates from the 7th century. The area was ruled by the Buddhist kingdom of Kamarupa and the Pala Empire before passing to the control of the Hindu Sena dynasty in the 9th century. The Islamic Mughal Empire soon seized control of the city and turned it into a centre of trade and governance. In the years of their vigorous rule, the successive governors and princely viceroys who ruled the province adorned it with many noble monuments, mosques, tombs, fortifications and 'Katras', often surrounded with beautifully laid out gardens and pavilions. The city passed through another phase under the rule of the British, until it became the seat of the eastern division of Pakistan after Indian partitioning. The Liberation War of 1971 gave Bangladesh its independence and Dhaka was declared the country's capital.
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Since then, Dhaka has been developing fast as a modern city and is the country's centre of industrial, commercial, cultural, educational and political activity. The gap between rich and poor is widening throughout the country, but it's at its most glaringly obvious here. Depending on where you start from, a thirty minute rickshaw ride can take you from impossibly crowded shanty towns near Old Dhaka to the glitzy high-class neighbourhoods of Gulshan and Banani where a meal costs more than most people earn in a week.
 
Since then, Dhaka has been developing fast as a modern city and is the country's centre of industrial, commercial, cultural, educational and political activity. The gap between rich and poor is widening throughout the country, but it's at its most glaringly obvious here. Depending on where you start from, a thirty minute rickshaw ride can take you from impossibly crowded shanty towns near Old Dhaka to the glitzy high-class neighbourhoods of Gulshan and Banani where a meal costs more than most people earn in a week.
  
Motijheel is the main commercial area of the city. Dhaka's main waterfront, Sadarghat, is on the banks of the river Buriganga in Old Dhaka and is crowded with various ferries, yachts, paddle steamers, fisherman's boats and floating dhabas all bustling with douche
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Motijheel is the main commercial area of the city. Dhaka's main waterfront, Sadarghat, is on the banks of the river Buriganga in Old Dhaka and is crowded with various ferries, yachts, paddle steamers, fisherman's boats and floating dhabas all bustling with activity.
  
 
The '''weather''' is tropical - hot and very humid during the summer monsoon season (April-September) and drier and cooler in the winter (October-March). Visitors from colder countries might want to visit in the winter when temperatures are around 20C and humidity is low (around 60-70%).
 
The '''weather''' is tropical - hot and very humid during the summer monsoon season (April-September) and drier and cooler in the winter (October-March). Visitors from colder countries might want to visit in the winter when temperatures are around 20C and humidity is low (around 60-70%).
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=== By cycle rickshaw ===
 
=== By cycle rickshaw ===
Cycle rickshaws or simply, rickshaws, are the most popular form of transport, and good for short distances, mainly on side streets. They make up the bulk of the city's horrendous traffic, and charge around Tk 30 to 50 for a 15 minutes ride in Banani, Baridhara or Gulshan - less in other parts of Dhaka. Negotiating a fare beforehand is essential as a foreigner. Rickshaws are not allowed to cross most of the main roads. If you're a woman, it's particularly inadvisable to ride around alone in rickshaws after dark; you're a slow-moving target, vulnerable to trouble from thugs and muggers.
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Cycle rickshaws or simply, rickshaws, are the most popular form of transport, and good for short distances, mainly on side streets. They make up the bulk of the city's horrendous traffic, and charge around Tk 30 to 50 for a 15 minutes ride in Banani, Baridhara or Gulshan - less in other parts of Dhaka. Negotiating a fare beforehand is essential as a foreigner. Rickshaws are not allowed to cross most of the main roads. If you're a woman, it's particularly inadvisable to ride around alone in rickshaws after dark; you're a slow-moving target asking for trouble from thugs and muggers.
  
 
=== By auto-rickshaw ===
 
=== By auto-rickshaw ===
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phone="+88 02 7391122" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.bangladeshmuseum.gov.bd/"  
 
phone="+88 02 7391122" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.bangladeshmuseum.gov.bd/"  
 
hours="Apr-Sep: Sat-Wed: 10:30-17:30, Fri: 14:30-19:30; Oct-Mar: Sat-Wed: 09:30-16:30, Fri: 14:30-19:30; Ramadan: Sat-Wed: 09:30-15:30"
 
hours="Apr-Sep: Sat-Wed: 10:30-17:30, Fri: 14:30-19:30; Oct-Mar: Sat-Wed: 09:30-16:30, Fri: 14:30-19:30; Ramadan: Sat-Wed: 09:30-15:30"
price="Foreigners: Tk 600, under-12s: Tk 2, locals: Tk 20 and SAARC citizens: Tk 300, disabled persons: free" lat="latitude" long="" tags="">
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price="Foreigners: Tk 100, under-12s: Tk 2, locals and SAARC citizens: Tk 5, disabled persons: free" lat="latitude" long="" tags="">
 
A British Raj-era building that served as a residence for the Nawab of Dhaka. It lies on the banks of the Buriganga River, and is famous for its pink stonework. There are 31 rooms within, and the huge dome atop can be seen from miles around. It has recently been renovated into a museum with various displays concerning its history, with a beautiful garden accompanying the building. Cameras and bags must be left in the storage room.</see>
 
A British Raj-era building that served as a residence for the Nawab of Dhaka. It lies on the banks of the Buriganga River, and is famous for its pink stonework. There are 31 rooms within, and the huge dome atop can be seen from miles around. It has recently been renovated into a museum with various displays concerning its history, with a beautiful garden accompanying the building. Cameras and bags must be left in the storage room.</see>
  
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[[Image:Pari_Bibi's_Tomb.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Pari Bibi's Tomb, at Lalbagh Fort.]]  
 
[[Image:Pari_Bibi's_Tomb.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Pari Bibi's Tomb, at Lalbagh Fort.]]  
  
* <see name="Lalbagh Fort" alt="Bengali: Lalbagh Kella" address="Lalbagh, Old Dhaka" directions="Best method is to simply ask a rickshaw driver for 'Lalbagh Kella'; the streets surrounding it are a maze." phone="" url="" hours="10am-5pm, closed Saturdays" price="Foreigners: Tk 300, locals: Tk 10 and SAARC citizens: Tk 100" lat="latitude" long="" email="" fax="" tags="">Built in 1678 AD by Prince Mohammad Azam, son of Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. The fort was the scene of many bloody battles, including those during the Mughal era, a revolt against the British during the time of the Raj and protection for the revolutionary forces during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Monuments of the Lalbagh site include the Tomb of Pari Bibi, Lalbagh Mosque, the Audience Hall and the Hammam of Nawab Shaista Khan, which now houses a museum.</see>
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* <see name="Lalbagh Fort" alt="Bengali: Lalbagh Kella" address="Lalbagh, Old Dhaka" directions="Best method is to simply ask a rickshaw driver for 'Lalbagh Kella'; the streets surrounding it are a maze." phone="" url="" hours="10am-5pm, closed Saturdays" price="There are separate fees for locals and tourists; both are fairly cheap." lat="latitude" long="" email="" fax="" tags="">Built in 1678 AD by Prince Mohammad Azam, son of Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. The fort was the scene of many bloody battles, including those during the Mughal era, a revolt against the British during the time of the Raj and protection for the revolutionary forces during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Monuments of the Lalbagh site include the Tomb of Pari Bibi, Lalbagh Mosque, the Audience Hall and the Hammam of Nawab Shaista Khan, which now houses a museum.</see>
  
 
* <see name="Old High Court Building" alt="" address="Kazi Nazrul Islam Ave, Ramna, Dhaka" directions="" phone="+88-02-9562941" email="[email protected]" fax=""  
 
* <see name="Old High Court Building" alt="" address="Kazi Nazrul Islam Ave, Ramna, Dhaka" directions="" phone="+88-02-9562941" email="[email protected]" fax=""  
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* <eat name="Cafe Gulistan" address="5 minutes north of Al Razzaque" phone="01747030815" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">This small restaurant serves up good, clean Bangladeshi food and always had a vegetarian option. Very friendly and honest staff. 50-200 taka.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Cafe Gulistan" address="5 minutes north of Al Razzaque" phone="01747030815" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">This small restaurant serves up good, clean Bangladeshi food and always had a vegetarian option. Very friendly and honest staff. 50-200 taka.</eat>
  
===Gulshan/Banani/Baridhara/Dhanmondi/Lalmatia===
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===Gulshan/Banani/Baridhara===
 
These areas are packed with crowded trendy and upscale restaurants, a magnet for the Dhaka elite who like good food or just want to be seen in their shiny new cars.
 
These areas are packed with crowded trendy and upscale restaurants, a magnet for the Dhaka elite who like good food or just want to be seen in their shiny new cars.
  
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* '''VOOT'''- An upscale restaurant with a haunted theme (VOOT-meaning ghost in Bengali),high quality food, right next to the well known Rifles Square Market.
 
* '''VOOT'''- An upscale restaurant with a haunted theme (VOOT-meaning ghost in Bengali),high quality food, right next to the well known Rifles Square Market.
 
* '''KFC'''- A famous franchise located at Dhanmondi road 7/A.
 
* '''KFC'''- A famous franchise located at Dhanmondi road 7/A.
*'''CRIMSON CUP COFFEE'''- A coffee shop meant for the well offs. Best coffees in the area but the most expensive too
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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* <sleep name="Radisson Water Garden Hotel" alt="" address="Airport Road" directions="15 miles from downtown, immediately outside the diplomatic enclave but close to the International airport" phone="+880 2-875 4555" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://radisson.com" hours="" price="$350-900" geo="latitude,longitude" tags="comma,separated,tag_labels"> Huge luxurious hotel sprawling over seven acres of manicured grounds and gardens with water features. The hotel is almost a resort as it has a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, spa and even a golf course.  Probably the best 5* Hotel in Dhaka but unfortunately no stores and restaurants are in walking distance and to reach Gulshan or Banani without own car is difficult because of the lack of public transportation and rickshaw ban in main streets. Very expensive. Excellent food in the restaurants.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Radisson Water Garden Hotel" alt="" address="Airport Road" directions="15 miles from downtown, immediately outside the diplomatic enclave but close to the International airport" phone="+880 2-875 4555" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://radisson.com" hours="" price="$350-900" geo="latitude,longitude" tags="comma,separated,tag_labels"> Huge luxurious hotel sprawling over seven acres of manicured grounds and gardens with water features. The hotel is almost a resort as it has a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, spa and even a golf course.  Probably the best 5* Hotel in Dhaka but unfortunately no stores and restaurants are in walking distance and to reach Gulshan or Banani without own car is difficult because of the lack of public transportation and rickshaw ban in main streets. Very expensive. Excellent food in the restaurants.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="InterContinental Dhaka" alt="" address="1 Minto Road, Ramna, Dhaka" directions="" phone="+880 2-833 0001" url="https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/dhaka/dachb/hoteldetail"" price="" geo="latitude,longitude" tags="comma,separated,tag_labels">The InterContinental Dhaka is a prominent luxury hotel in Ramna in central Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It was the first international five star hotel in the country and opened in 1966, as the Inter-Continental Dacca when the city, (then known as Dacca) was the capital of East Pakistan. Underwent major renovations the hotel is expected to be one of the top hotels in the city.Bringing modern elegance and worldly charm to Bangladesh’s most cosmopolitan city, InterContinental Dhaka features 226 luxurious bedrooms and suites, 5 F&B outlets offer a variety of cuisines. Host events at the meeting and event spaces or unwind at the temperature-controlled swimming pool. Be it leisure or business, expect absolute comfort with a touch of luxury. Situated in the most prestigious location in the city, near to the downtown business district, famous Ramna Park & National Museum. Can be a bit expensive, but the hotel just opened officially in December,2018. So, to get the best service,you may need to wait a few months.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Ruposhi Bangla Hotel formerly Dhaka Sheraton" alt="" address="1 Minto Road" directions="" phone="+880 2-833 0001" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.ruposhibanglahotel.com/" hours="" price="" geo="latitude,longitude" tags="comma,separated,tag_labels">This hotel has been running for over a decade now, and was, for the longest time, considered one of the top hotels in the city. It was part of the Sheraton group but not quite comparable with 5* Sheraton's you would find in other countries. Internet access in the room is expensive. Room service choice is fairly limited.</sleep>
  
 
* <sleep name="Six Seasons Hotel" alt="" address="Road 96, House 19, Gulshan 2" directions="7km from the airport" phone="+880 960 4 666-666" email="[email protected]"" url="http://www.sixseasonshotel.com" hours="24 hours" price="USD160-350" >Overlooking the Gulshan Lake and park on one side and with panoramic views from 15 floors. Salt-water, hanging, transparent, infinity outdoor swimming pool, spa, and other health club facilities. Bunka and Vinno Shaad restaurants as well as a lobby cafe.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Six Seasons Hotel" alt="" address="Road 96, House 19, Gulshan 2" directions="7km from the airport" phone="+880 960 4 666-666" email="[email protected]"" url="http://www.sixseasonshotel.com" hours="24 hours" price="USD160-350" >Overlooking the Gulshan Lake and park on one side and with panoramic views from 15 floors. Salt-water, hanging, transparent, infinity outdoor swimming pool, spa, and other health club facilities. Bunka and Vinno Shaad restaurants as well as a lobby cafe.</sleep>
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
Dhaka isn't terribly unsafe, but it is not a safe city either. As in any huge city you should keep aware of your surroundings and try not to walk around at night, especially females travelling alone. There's a very large number of people living on next to nothing in the city, and while the vast majority are friendly there's undoubtedly a few that would love to help you part with some of your seemingly abundant wealth.
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Dhaka isn't terribly unsafe, but as in any huge city you should keep aware of your surroundings and try not to walk around at night, especially females travelling alone. There's a very large number of people living on next to nothing in the city, and while the vast majority are friendly there's undoubtedly a few that would love to help you part with some of your seemingly abundant wealth.
  
As a foreigner, many beggars will surround you in Gulshan and Banani. Especially children who will try to sell stickers and, if you are not interested in their items, will ask for money or food and try to make you buy some more expensive items in one of the supermarkets or small stores. But before giving something to them, consider that by giving money or buying expensive items, which they will probably resell, that in many cases these children are trained or forced to beg and have to give all the money or items to the person who organises them. So be aware of this and the fact that your gesture of goodwill will maybe support these structures and exploitation. Be careful when you see a group of Hijras (Hermaphrodites or Transvestites) or Hozoors (Islamic preachers). Usually they are rare in Bangladesh, but their begging can be very aggressive.
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As a foreigner, many beggars will surround you in Gulshan and Banani. Especially children who will try to sell stickers and, if you are not interested in their items, will ask for money or food and try to make you buy some more expensive items in one of the supermarkets or small stores. But before giving something to them, consider that by giving money or buying expensive items, which they will probably resell, that in many cases these children are trained or forced to beg and have to give all the money or items to the person who organises them. So be aware of this and the fact that your gesture of goodwill will maybe support these structures and exploitation. Be careful when you see a group of Hijras (Hermaphrodites or Transvestites). Usually they are rare in Bangladesh, but their begging can be very aggressive.
  
 
There has been a recent rash of incidents in which some foreigners have been targeted for bag snatchings while riding rickshaws. Often these have occurred at night, after 23:00. If you must be out after this time please do your best to leave your valuables at your friends' places or hotel and you can pick them up in the morning. The simplest way to reduce your potential loss is to not leave with valuables in the first place if you anticipate the need to travel after 23:00. The safest mode for travel for a tourist is to hire a yellow cab. These can be rented for a trip as well as by the day. Be sure to write down the license plate number.
 
There has been a recent rash of incidents in which some foreigners have been targeted for bag snatchings while riding rickshaws. Often these have occurred at night, after 23:00. If you must be out after this time please do your best to leave your valuables at your friends' places or hotel and you can pick them up in the morning. The simplest way to reduce your potential loss is to not leave with valuables in the first place if you anticipate the need to travel after 23:00. The safest mode for travel for a tourist is to hire a yellow cab. These can be rented for a trip as well as by the day. Be sure to write down the license plate number.
  
The greatest danger probably comes from speeding buses, rickshaws and lagunas (small passenger carriers) - keep well alert when walking along main roads especially around the Bakshi Bazar signal area.
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The greatest danger probably comes from speeding buses and rickshaws - keep well alert when walking along main roads.
  
 
Being the capital, it's the area most affected during ''hartals'', and you should do your best to keep a low profile during times of political unrest. Avoid ''any'' sort of large gatherings, even positive ones, as there's a good chance you'll become the centre of attention and you probably don't want that from a group of raucous chanters.
 
Being the capital, it's the area most affected during ''hartals'', and you should do your best to keep a low profile during times of political unrest. Avoid ''any'' sort of large gatherings, even positive ones, as there's a good chance you'll become the centre of attention and you probably don't want that from a group of raucous chanters.
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==Contact==
 
==Contact==
'''Internet''' Wi-Fi is now widely available in all the mid-to-high range hotels, coffee shops and restaurants all over Dhaka and its suburbs. You won't see too many internet cafes in Dhaka because the use of Wi-Fi & 4G is widespread. Internet cafes hidden in the various shopping complexes - ask around. Tk 20-30 per hour, but be careful, anti-virus programms are not widely used. So think twice before tipping any sensitive data on a public computer or in a cyber cafe. You can also purchase a local SIM card and get 4G Internet on your device.  For example from Banglalink, Grameenphone , Robi, Airtel. Wimax is also available from providers like banglalion,qubee with good coverage. You can get both prepaid and postpaid connection.  
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'''Internet''' Wi-Fi is now widely available in all the mid-to-high range hotels, coffee shops and restaurants all over Dhaka and its suburbs. You won't see too many internet cafes in Dhaka because the use of Wi-Fi & 3G is widespread. Internet cafes hidden in the various shopping complexes - ask around. Tk 20-30 per hour, but be careful, anti-virus programms are not widely used. So think twice before tipping any sensitive data on a public computer or in a cyber cafe. You can also purchase a local SIM card and get 3G Internet on your device.  For example from Banglalink, Grameenphone , Robi, Airtel. Wimax is also available from providers like banglalion,qubee with good coverage. You can get both prepaid and postpaid connection.  
  
  
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* [[Image:ca-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Canada" alt="" address="House # 16A, Road # 48 Gulshan-2" directions="" phone="+880 2-988 7091~7" url="http://canadainternational.gc.ca/bangladesh/" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></listing>
 
* [[Image:ca-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Canada" alt="" address="House # 16A, Road # 48 Gulshan-2" directions="" phone="+880 2-988 7091~7" url="http://canadainternational.gc.ca/bangladesh/" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></listing>
  
* [[Image:Ci-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Republic of Chile" phone="+880 2-9337042-+880 2-8351222"></listing>
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* [[Image:cl-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Republic of Chile" phone="+880 2-9337042-+880 2-8351222"></listing>
  
 
* [[Image:ch-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="China" address="Plot 2 $ 4, Rd 3, Block-1, Baridara" phone="+880 2-882 4862" fax="+880 2-882 3004" url="http://bd.china-embassy.org" email="[email protected]"></listing>
 
* [[Image:ch-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="China" address="Plot 2 $ 4, Rd 3, Block-1, Baridara" phone="+880 2-882 4862" fax="+880 2-882 3004" url="http://bd.china-embassy.org" email="[email protected]"></listing>
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* [[Image:in-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="India" phone="+880 2-988 93 39, 988 8789-91 (Dhaka)"></listing>
 
* [[Image:in-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="India" phone="+880 2-988 93 39, 988 8789-91 (Dhaka)"></listing>
  
* [[Image:it-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Italy" address="Road n. 74/79 - Plot n. 2/3 - Gulshan 2 - Dhaka 1212" phone="+880 2-882 2781" url="https://ambdhaka.esteri.it/ambasciata_dhaka/it/"></listing>
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* [[Image:it-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Italy" phone="+880 2-882 2781"></listing>
  
 
* [[Image:ja-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Japan" phone="+880 2-881 00 87"></listing>
 
* [[Image:ja-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Japan" phone="+880 2-881 00 87"></listing>

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