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Cox's Bazar

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Cox's Bazar (/ˌkɒksɪz bəˈzɑː/; Bengali: কক্সবাজার, romanized: Kôksbajar; pronounced [kɔksbadʒaɾ]) is a city, fishing port, tourism centre, and district headquarters in Southeastern Bangladesh. It is located 150 km (93 mi) south of the city of Chittagong. Cox's Bazar is also known by the name Panowa, which translates literally as "yellow flower." Another old name was "Palongkee". Kutupalong refugee camp with more than a million Rohingya refugees is in Cox's Baxar.[2][3]

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From top: Cox's Bazar beach from mountain top,
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Official seal of Cox's Bazar
City of Tourism
Cox's Bazar is located in Chittagong division
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Location of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh
Cox's Bazar is located in Bangladesh
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Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh)
Coordinates: 21°25′38″N 92°00′18″E
CountryFlag_of_Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
DivisionChittagong Division
DistrictCox's Bazar District
Named forHiram Cox
  MayorMujibur Rahman
  City23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi)
 (2011 Total population represents population in city and metro represents entire district.[1])
  Density9,600/km2 (25,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+6 (BST)
Postal code
AirportCox's Bazar International Airport

The city covers an area of 23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi) with 58 mahallas and 27 wards and as of 2011 had a population of 223,522.[1] Cox's Bazar is connected by road and air with Chittagong.[4][5]

The modern Cox's Bazar derives its name from Captain Hiram Cox, an officer of the British East India Company, a Superintendent of Palongkee outpost. To commemorate his role in refugee rehabilitation work, a market was established and named after him. It is one of Bangladesh's main tourist spots. The city has the longest uninterrupted natural beach in the world.[6] Every year more than a million visitors visit the city from around the world.[7] In 2023 Bangladesh evacuated over 50,000 people to safe shelters as cyclone Mocha approached.[8]