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“Fascinating - Protecting Bhutan's Heritage”

Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a school for traditional Bhutanese arts & crafts. It helps Bhutan preserve its heritage and the old ways by teaching young students the "13 traditional arts & crafts". We were allowed to tour the classrooms and observe the students practicing their learned crafts - painting, sculpture, wood-carving, silver-smithy, embroidery, etc. There is an opportunity to purchase various arts & crafts made by students & their teachers at very reasonable prices at the end of the tour. Certainly worth the time to visit, just to see the pride these people have for their country.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

The National Institute for Zorig Chusum, or the school for traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts is a college where students come to train in the various Bhutanese crafts such as painting, wood carving, clay sculpting, metal work and needle work. We toured all the classrooms which were in session. As Bhutan has a rich craft culture, this institute is worth a visit so one can see first-hand, how all those lovely carvings and paintings are done and how students learn to craft items for temples and for every-day use. When you walk in you may see brightly coloured textiles, recently dyed and wet, hanging on decorated fences. You will see students from 1st year to 6th year, crafting masks, statues, quilts and embroidery, or making sketches for paintings. It takes 6 years to become a master (4 for textiles). If I were young and artsy, I would definitely want to do a semester abroad here (who knows maybe it is already being done). There is a showroom in the parking area where one can buy crafts made by the students and proceeds go to helping the school. If you have been enjoying the arts and crafts during your visit to Bhutan then you must visit.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Good to see students working on traditional arts and crafts. Some of the work we saw was truly breathtaking. Its a wonderful experience to be able to walk into the class & see the students work on sculptures and paintings etc.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

There is a complete story about this place in Tashi Delek Magazine, Bhutan's in-flight magazine. Probably the best spent time while in Thimphu but ask your guide for hours. Tourists can walk into each classroom and come and go as you please. The story is at the web site for Rainbow Photo Tour, just click on "Robin's Magazine Articles."

Don't miss it!

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

they welcomed visitors to watch them learn vocational skills. We were touched by the talent of the painters especially one who showed us his unofficial portfolio of non-religious themes. He was v talented.

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