In Bangladesh, ancient history and culture are closely intertwined with turbulent modernity. Few years ago I knew almost nothing about Bangladesh. This is the only country in the world in which for the first time in few years of travel, I met only a handful of foreigners, and mostly here, in Dhaka. It is the largest city in the country, is the “world capital of rickshaws”, “Venice of Asia”, a city shrouded in ancient legends. A tenth of the population of Bangladesh lives right here in the motley, many-sided, day and night bustling city of Dhaka.

Dhaka is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet. The traffic in Dhaka is chaotic, fussy and not subject to almost any logical traffic rules. It is often called “the world capital of rickshaw”. There are about 400 thousand of them in the 16 million metropolis; they transport cargo and passengers. We paid special attention to the project dedicated to the artists of these rickshaws, and we wrote the story about it. The rest of the photos from the trip to Dhaka can be viewed below. Enjoy!

Bangladesh’s dying artform

Dhaka was picked for our story about rickshaw artists and sign painters. The globalisation effects and tourist influence on their jobs and future of rickshaw art.

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