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Suhrawardy Udyan is a sprawling urban park located in the heart of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. It was formerly known as Ramana Race Course Maidan. At one time the military club of the British soldiers based in Dhaka was established here. Later it was called Ramana Race Course and then Ramana Gymkhana. After British colonial rule the ground was sometimes called the Dhaka Race Course and legitimate horse races were held every Sunday. After Bangladesh's independence, Ramana Race Course was renamed Suhrawardy Udyan.
It is also a national monument because Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered his March 7 speech here. On December 16, 1971, the Pakistan Army surrendered to the Allies in this garden. The erstwhile Hotel Intercontinental, located near the race course grounds, was initially designated as the surrender site by the Pakistan Army, but later this ground was selected for the surrender.
South of the Ramna Race Course old High Court building, three national leaders Shere-Bangla A. Tombs of K Fazlul Haque, Khwaja Nazimuddin and Hussain Shaheed Sohrawardy (Three Leaders Shrine); West Bengal Academy, Atomic Energy Commission, Student-Teacher Centre, Fine Arts Institute, University Central Mosque, Public Library and Bangladesh National Museum; Bardem Hospital, Dhaka Club and Dhaka Tennis Complex to the north and Supreme Court Building, Engineers Institute and Ramna Park to the east.