National Institute for Zorig Chusum
This institute, commonly known as 'the painting school', operates four- to six-year courses that provide instruction in Bhutan's 13...
Folk Heritage Museum
This restored three-storey, rammed-earth and timber building replicates a traditional farmhouse and is furnished as it would have been...
Royal Thimphu Golf Club
The Royal Thimphu Golf Club has a delightful nine-hole course beautifully situated above Trashi Chhoe Dzong. Resident Indian Brigadier...
Royal Academy of Performing Arts
The home of the Royal Dance Troupe works to preserve Bhutan's folk-dancing heritage and trains professional dancers who perform several...
This project trains young Bhutanese with a learning disability as bakers. It's worth your support, especially as all that this involves...
National Library information
Lonely Planet review
The National Library was established in 1967 to preserve ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. For tourists it's of interest mainly as a fine example of traditional Bhutanese architecture, but it's also a good resource for books about Bhutan.
Traditional books and historic manuscripts are kept on the top floor and include texts from the famous Tibetan printing presses of Derge and Narthang. Scriptures from all religious schools are represented, including the Bön tradition. Most of the books are Tibetan-style, printed or written on long strips of handmade paper stacked between pieces of wood and wrapped in silken cloth. Other displays include some great historic photos, a copy of a letter sent from the Druk desi (secular ruler) to British army officer and surveyor Samuel Turner in 1783, and carved wooden blocks used for printing books and prayer flags.