Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu


This studio and art gallery exists to promote local artists, to provide vocational training for young artists and to act as an artists' creative meeting venue. It's a great place to plug into the Thimphu art scene, check out the latest modern and traditional art in the exhibition hall and chat with artists. Some artwork is displayed in the public park outside.

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1. National Textile Museum

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2. Weekend Market


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3. Bhutan Postal Museum

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Below the post office, this small museum is dedicated to the history of the Bhutan postal service, from its earliest days (when messages were delivered…

4. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

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5. Folk Heritage Museum


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6. Traffic Circle

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7. Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

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8. National Library

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