Thimphu is a very lively place, an interesting combination of tradition and modernity with plenty of things to see. If you’re in Thimphu at the weekend don’t forget to visit the market: This is where people from all over the country meet, a colourful mix of people. At the market you will find mouth-watering, exotic fruits and vegetables as well as traditional handicraft items.
‘The Fortress of the Glorious Religion’ is one of the countries finest buildings and is situated by the Wang river. It is the seat of the government, houses His Majesty’s secretariat and during the summer months also the central monk body.
The National Memorial Chorten
Built as a memorial to Bhutan’s third king, “the Father of Modern Bhutan”, and as a monument to world peace. The Chorten is of great significance to religious life of the people and symbolises Buddha’s teachings. It contains three chapels and occasionally religious ceremonies are performed here. Circumnavigate the chorten clockwise to gain merit for your next life!
National Institute of Traditional Medicine
Where herbal medicines are made up and dispensed and traditional medicine practitioners are trained.
The Institute for Zorig Chusum
Where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
The National Library
Houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature including many ancient Buddhist manuscripts and texts in block-printed format.
Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium, which carries a wide range of hand-woven textiles and craft products, and browse in the bookshops and many smaller handicrafts shops around the town