A LIBRARY, MUSEUM & SCHOOL
With its rare collections of ancient documents, sacred religious manuscripts, scriptures and also the world’s largest published book “Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom” the National Library is still one of Thimphu’s hidden treasures.
Folk Heritage Museum
The Folk Heritage Museum, housed in a 3 storied 19th century mud-rammed constructed traditional house with artifacts from all over Bhutan, captures rural life which is still predominant in most parts of the kingdom. The museum also has a great little Bhutanese restaurant that serves all local dishes and featuring only organic ingredients!
Literally translated as the “School of the 13 Traditional Arts and Crafts,” the Zorig Chusum is always an interesting visit for those who enjoy art. An essential part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage is the traditional and visual 13 arts and crafts, including wall painting, sculpting, wood carving, paper making, masonry, weaving, embroidery and applique, casting, cane and bamboo weaving, metal ornament making, bronze casting, blacksmithing, and woodturning. What we value about this school is that it provides critical vocational training to preserve these ancient traditions, and classes are usually open to visitors to observe and interact with students and instructors, making it a fun experience for everyone. The school also has a quaint little shop where you can pick up a memorable souvenirs too!.