Bangladesh’s Taj Mahal Knockoff Melanie Chamberlain August 23, 2011 Asia, Bangladesh, Culture, India, Sidelines 3 Comments The real Taj Mahal © Christian Haugen On a plot of farmland outside Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, there stands a reproduction of India’s Taj Mahal. The replica is the work of Ahsanullah Moni, a Bangladeshi filmmaker and hotelier. Moni was inspired by a visit to the real Taj Mahal in 1980 and since beginning construction he has reportedly poured 58 million dollars into the imitation Taj. Despite the high price tag, Moni’s aspirations have not dwindled. “I will build a pyramid bigger than the one in Egypt”¦It will be my next gift to Bangladesh.” Looks like Moni is just one Eiffel Tower short of a Vegas strip replica. Get the entire story and video at the Huffington Post. 3 Responses Ben August 23, 2011 The fake Taj did not cost $58M. From the article you linked to: “His Taj would be built using modern methods and cost $58 million” read earlier, pre-construction articles. But in reality, “In size and proportion the attraction bears only a slight resemblance to the Indian wonder, as if made from a sketch or a decade-old memory. It might have cost $58,000 to build. The central structure and its four minarets were obviously clad in bathroom tiles…” Reply Melanie Chamberlain August 24, 2011 In the video at the bottom of Dan Morrison’s blog post Reuters reports that Moni has spent 58 million on the project. Morrison is simply using a turn of phrase to state that despite the claims of a high price tag, the Taj replica is not as extravagant as expected–a sentiment shared by many Bangladeshi. Check out http://globalvoicesonline.org/2008/12/15/bangladesh-bloggers-unearth-the-fake-taj-mahal-scam/ for more opinions on the project. Reply Dan Morrison August 24, 2011 Heythere — Thanks for posting this trifle. Reuters and the rest bought Moni’s tale and ran with it. But there’s no way he spent one million dollars on his Taj, much less 58 of them. The world loves a showman,and showmen embellish. Moni’s business card has a picture of his hotel, a shining and modern 12-story glass tower. The real hotel, just across the street from his movie house, is five stories of dingy concrete. Best/DM Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Let\'s Make Sure You\'re Human ... * 7 + = ten Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.