Thimphu local Sightseeing.
This Morning after Breakfast, Proceed for Local Sightseeing of Thimphu. Lord Buddha Statue: The Buddha Dordenma is located amidst the ruins of Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth desi Druk. Overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu. On completion, it will be one of the largest statues in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters), accommodating 100,000 8-inch tall and 25,000 12-inch tall gilded Buddhas respectively in the interior. The statue is surrounded by 943 acres of forest area that comprises the kuensel phodrang nature park. The Bhutan Postal Museum: The museum showcases the images that tell this story, along with rare artifacts & Bhutan’s rare & unique stamps. In the process it highlights Bhutan’s rich traditions and cultural heritage. It also provides nostalgic glimpses into Bhutanese history. You will see some legendary runners of the pre-postal era and postal technology that held Bhutanese society together. You will learn how the Monarchs of Bhutan kept in touch with their subjects, how the Government informed the citizens & how people communicated with each other over the centuries. The Bhutan Postal Museum was established as a part of the celebrations of His Majesty The King Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s 60th birth anniversary in 2016. The National Library: with extensive collection of Buddhist literature mostly in block-printed format, the library contains works of several hundred years old literary treasures of Bhutan. It also has a small collection of foreign books. The library has texts relevant to Mahayana Buddhism and a rich collection of lithographs from which scriptures and prayer flags were printed in the old days. The National Library was established in 1967 to preserve ancient dzongkha & Tibetan texts. This library building was built in 2001. The world’s biggest published book is also in this library. Bhutan, the book weighs 68 kilograms & is over two meters tall. Handicraft Emporium: The National handicraft emporium is run by the National Woman’s Association of Bhutan as a Non-government organization that is run under the royal supervision of Her Royal Highness Ashu Sonam Choden Wangchuck. It show case the finest handicraft which includes locally manufactured hand woven fabrics, wooden mask, cane & bamboo products, traditional wooden utensils, handmade paper, prayer wheels etc. School of Art & Craft: The National Institute for Zorig Chusum is located at Pedzoe Lam where it allows you to observe students operating 4 - 6 year courses that provide instruction in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts. Choki Traditional Art School is located in the village of Kabesa. Students specialize in painting, woodcarving & statue making. The Motithang Takin Preserve: For animal lovers, Motithang Takin Preserve is one of the best places to visit in Thimphu. This attractive preserved area was built as a small zoo but later it was converted into an animal preserve centre. Takin The National animal of Bhutan, lives in the Motithang Takin Preserve in Thimphu Painting School: It is known as Institute for Zorig Chusum here students are taught courses like traditional drawing, painting, and carving & develop skills in arts & crafts. The Clock Tower: Clock Tower Square is an example of a great architectural marvel. It is a tower with four clock faces, which makes it different from any other building or structure in Bhutan. One of the most popular places among visitors, people usually visit here in the evening to enjoy the beautiful paintings & carvings. There are many restaurants & souvenir shops near this tower, making it one of the most visited sites in the town. Jungshi handmade paper Factory: This small factory produces traditional Bhutanese paper handmade from the bark of the daphne bush. You can see the whole process, from soaking and boiling the bark to sorting, crushing, pulping, layering, pressing and drying. Products for sale here include lovely decorated paper with embedded leaves and even dried chillies, plus cards, notebooks, lampshades and calendars.
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