Buddhism in Bangladesh.
Buddhism is the third largest religion in Bangladesh with most of the practitioners coming from the south-eastern district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts especially in the Chittagong, Cox-Bazar, Bandarban, Rangamati, Khagrachori, Patuakhali, Borguna and Dhaka districts. Apart from the Bengali Buddhists, there are tribal Buddhists in Bangladesh as well, (Chakmas, Marmas and Rakhaines). There are several monasteries in the Chittagong Hills area, and in most Buddhist villages there is a school.
The Somapura Mahavihara (or Great Monastery) is a Buddhist Monastery dating from the late 8th century and was built by King Dharmapala of the Pala Dynasty. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and is situated in the northwest of Bangladesh in Paharpur. It is reputedly the second largest single Buddhist monastery south of the Himalayas. Many people have heard about and/or visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudor in Central Java, Indonesia but Somapura is relatively unknown. This imposing piece of Buddhist architecture was a renowned educational centre until around the 12th century before being abandoned by the monks, as attacks by marauding invaders were becoming more frequent.
Because of it’s relatively out of the way location, Somapura is not overrun with other tourists, and it is quite possible to have an uninterrupted, peaceful experience.