Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thimphu Miscellany

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

We went to many places in Thimphu today. Rather than make each stop a separate post, here is a collection of our travels.

National Memorial Stupa

The stupa was highly decorated today, as it was the conclusion of a special prayer session. The site was packed with worshipers.
A closer look at the top of the stupa.
Off to the side is a pavilion filled with large prayer wheels.
Votive butter lamps are in a glass-enclosed structure.

Motithang Takin Preserve

The takin, the Bhutan national animal, is a hoofed mammal unique to Bhutan. The takin preserve is trying to re-establish takins throughout their historic range.

National Library

The National Library is largely a repository of important Buddhist texts rather than a comprehensive library. It also contains a huge book that when printed in 2003 was the world's largest book. (It has since lost this title.)
A Buddhist altar in the National Library.

Other Places

The National Post Office includes a small museum.
Dragons ("Druk") are important in Bhutan and grace the sides and roof corners of many buildings.
In the evening, we attended an exhibition of traditional folk and festival dances.
The Thimphu Dzong at night.

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