The UAP History & Heritage Club embarked on a captivating journey to Sonargaon with the aim of exploring its rich historical treasures on September 30, 2023. A total of 47 students from various departments at UAP enthusiastically joined this expedition, driven by their curiosity to meticulously explore the historical sites.
Departing at 8:30 a.m., the bus carrying the attendees first arrived at the splendid Panam City, where the attendees were immediately captivated by its historical charm. Panam City, shaped by intermittent modifications spanning from the 13th century to the 19th century, held a powerful allure for all. As they ventured along the corridor-like path, flanked by 52 diverse structures, attendees were immersed in thought, marveling at the stark differences between each building. With keen interest and a thirst for historical knowledge, the attendees explored every nook and cranny of Panam City.
Following this enlightening visit, the group paused to enjoy a meal in the bright daylight, reenergizing their spirits. Next on the itinerary was Baro Shardarbari, a site renowned for its captivating architectural beauty. Its striking features, including long façade pillars, crescent-shaped images, and interior walls adorned with vibrant mosaic patterns, along with a picturesque water body, left a lasting impression. The most thrilling moment was discovering a captivating labyrinth hidden behind multiple doors, which held the attendees in rapt attention.
The final destination was the Sonargaon Folk-Arts and Crafts Museum, a grand three-story structure enriched with 17th-century artifacts. These timeless relics provided glimpses into the daily lives of our ancestors, who, despite lacking modern technology, shaped their world with items such as furniture, vessels, clay miniatures, and wooden carvings adorned with symbols. The sight of these artifacts evoked a cascade of sweet memories of days long gone.
After devoting ample time to exploring these sites, the attendees enjoyed light-hearted conversations amidst the serene ambiance of autumn, seated on the steps near a tranquil pond adjacent to Baro-Shardarbari. At 4:30 p.m., the group began their journey back to the UAP campus. Throughout this enlightening adventure, the club's adviser and English department lecturer, Mr. Wahid Kaiser, shared profound insights about the historical sites. Club president Abu Bokor Siddique, along with committee members, worked in harmony to ensure the expedition's success.