town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce,
Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development
alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a
capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to
civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong
national character in its architectural style.
The nearest airport from
Thimphu is in Paro.
Thimphu is well connect to
many cities in Bhutan.
This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, His
Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as
Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument
provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
This dzong, built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, stands on a
low ridge 8 km down the valley from Thimphu. The Institute for
Language and Cultural Studies is located here. The most noteworthy
artistic feature of this dzong is the series of over 300 finely worked
slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard.
The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are
preserved at the National Library. Besides thousands of manuscripts
and ancient texts, the library also has modern academic books and
printing blocks for prayer flags.
Institute for Zorig Chusum
Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the
Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and
crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the
various skills taught at the school.
Traditional Medicine Institute
In Bhutan, equal emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional
medicines. The rich herbal medicines made up from medicinal plants
abundant in the Kingdom are prepared and dispensed here. The Institute
is also a training school for traditional medicine practitioners. The
complex is closed to visitors due to considerations of hygiene, but
one can still walk around and view it from outside.
The Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim)
It is dedicated to connect people to the Bhutanese rural past through
exhibits, demonstrations, educational programmes and documentation of
rural life. The principal exhibit in the museum is a restored three
storey traditional rammed mud and timber house, which dates back to
the mid 19th century. The design and form of house is that of an
average household in the Wang area during that era. The age of
structure demonstrates the durability and performance of the building
materials. From ground to top floor, household objects, typical
domestic tools and equipments that would have been used by a family
during that period are put on display. The museum is also developing
some of the native trees and plants that were used for various
domestic purposes in the rural households.
Every Saturday and Sunday most of Thimphu's scant population and many
valley dwellers congregate on the banks of the river where weekend
market is held. It is an interesting place to visit and provides
opportunity to mingle with the local people.
It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge
above Thimphu, south of Motithang. The temple was established in 12th
century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from
Tibet. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11
heads. From temple courtyard, there is fascinating view of Thimphu
Organised on Tuesday and Wednesday in Centenary Farmer’s market, under
patronage of Department of cottage & small industry and in
collaboration with the department of culture, tourism council and the
department of agriculture marketing and cooperatives, this market
offers genuine Bhutanese arts & crafts thus contributing in promotion,
protection and preservation of traditional arts.
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