). This small library has a good selection of English books, but appreciates donations of popular titles, especially those on Buddhism and Bhutan. * When in Thimphu, make sure you go to the '''local post office'''. The local post office has a large collection of stamps which are kept for sale. The special feature of the post office is that you can get a postage stamp made with your own photo inscribed on it and these stamps can be used for postage purposes as well. The cost is very nominal which include the value of stamp as well. Festivals *'''Thimphu Drupchen''' (religious ceremony) 1-5 Oct 2011 *'''Thimphu Tshechu''' (religious festival) 6-8 Oct 2011 * Commons:Category:Thimphu WikiPedia:Thimphu
development for teaching. Brown, p. 106 ;National Library thumb The National Library of Bhutan, Thimphu. (File:National Library-Thimphu-Bhutan-2008 01 23.jpg) thumb right Interior of the National Library. (File:Nationale Biblotheek-Thimphu-feve.jpg) Established in 1967, built in the style of a traditional temple, the National Library houses many ancient Dzonghka and Tibetan texts. It has been planned
by the Government of Bhutan with the sole objective of preserving the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan and training students in all traditional art forms. Painting is the main theme of the institute, which provides 4–6 years of training in Bhutanese traditional art forms. The curricula cover a comprehensive course of drawing, painting, wood carving, embroidery, and carving of statues. Images of Buddha are a popular painting done here. Brown, p
is preserved in the National Library. The script used in Bhutanese literature is in the Bhutanese script (though evolved from Tibetan script) known as ''jo yig'' developed in the 16th century. The printing process of these books on handmade paper and its binding are display items at the National Library. Modern literature is still evolving and a religious biography of women titled ''delog'' is a popular religious work. There are many writers who write in English now, mostly short stories and collection of folk tales of Bhutan; a popular author is Kunzang Choeden. Brown, p. 59 ;Royal Academy of Performing Arts The Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA), located in Thimphu, was established at the initiative of late King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1954, with the basic objective of preserving and promoting performing arts traditions of Bhutan. In 1967, it was institutionalised as an academy and the Royal Dance troupe was its creation. The institution provides training in national dance forms of Bhutan such as mask dances and also preserves the folk dance heritage. The professional dancers of the Academy hold performances during the annual Thimphu Tsechu dance festival that is held in the premises of the Tashichhoe Dzong. Performances lasting for one hour are also arranged on specially requested occasions. The present activities at the academy are being reorganised with further expansion of its programs, including curriculum development for teaching. Brown, p. 106 ;National Library thumb The National Library of Bhutan, Thimphu. (File:National Library-Thimphu-Bhutan-2008 01 23.jpg) thumb right Interior of the National Library. (File:Nationale Biblotheek-Thimphu-feve.jpg) Established in 1967, built in the style of a traditional temple, the National Library houses many ancient Dzonghka and Tibetan texts. It has been planned as "a major scriptural repository and research facility dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich literary, cultural and religious heritage" of Bhutan. The building is very lavishly decorated and is said to represent the finest vibrant Bhutanese architecture. Brown, p. 104-105 On the ground floor of this building, among the highly prized collections, there is a book reported to be the heaviest in the world, weighing Commons:Category:Thimphu WikiPedia:Thimphu
has supported small settlements for many centuries and a dzong has existed there since 1216, the city didn't really develop until the king declared Thimphu the new capital in 1961. Vehicles first appeared on the streets a year later, and slowly the city began to adapt to its role as the nation's capital. Currently the town is undergoing massive development. New tree-lined streets are being laid and the clock tower area in the center of the city has been transformed into a park-cum-open air
the river flow by. Traditional crafts *'''Zorig Chusum School of Traditional Arts''', near National Library. Zorig Chusum was established in 1971 to preserve the thirteen traditional arts of Bhutan, and visitors are able to observe students honing their skills. There is also a small gift shop selling work created at the school. The thirteen arts are paintings, carpentry,wood carving, sculpture, casting, metal work, bamboo carving, gold & silver work, weaving, embroidery, masonry, leather work and paper making. Do * Commons:Category:Thimphu WikiPedia:Thimphu
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is responsible for law and order, traffic control, and crime prevention.
News&file article&sid 6111 accessdate 2010-06-11 The RBP is headed by a chief of police (Chief of Police) who is under the control of the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. He is assisted by a deputy chief of police. The headquarters of the RBP is located in the capital city of Thimphu and is divided into three branches directly under the chief of police.
most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. As a metropolis and capital city, Thimphu is coordinated by the "Thimphu Structure Plan", an Urban Development Plan which evolved in 1998 with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. This development is ongoing with financial assistance
. Handicrafts *'''Yarkay Central'''. This shopping center located across from Hotel Norling on Norzin Lam has four good quality craft stores: Kelzang Handicrafts (Tel: 322-469) is the most commercial and sells a range of goods, including t-shirts; Druk Handicraft (Tel: 322-258) and Kurtue Handicrafts (Tel: 325-883) specialize in woven goods and Karchung (Tel: mobile 17607724) sells a small, but good quality range of art work and wood carvings. *'''Blue Poppy Bhutanese''' (PO Box 1296. Tel:''+975
'''Thimphu''' ( It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan's ''dzongkhags'', the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. As of 2005 it had a population of 79,185, with 98,676 people living in the entire Thimphu district.
The city is spread out longitudinally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Wang Chuu (Raidak River), also known as the Thimphu Chuu River. Thimphu is located at title Introduction: Understanding Natural Systems accessdate 2010-06-07 publisher Government of Bhutan Brown, p. 97 Palin, p. 245 Unusually for a capital city, Thimphu is not served by an airport, but relies on the airport (Paro Airport) at Paro (Paro, Bhutan), connected by road some 54 kilometres (34 mi) away.
Thimphu, as the political and economic center of Bhutan, has a dominant agricultural and livestock base, which contributes to 45% of the country's GNP. Tourism, though a contributor to the economy, is strictly regulated, maintaining a balance between the traditional, development and modernization. Thimphu contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. As a metropolis and capital city, Thimphu is coordinated by the "Thimphu Structure Plan", an Urban Development Plan which evolved in 1998 with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. This development is ongoing with financial assistance from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
The culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in respect of literature, religion, customs, and national dress code, the monastic practices of the monasteries, music, dance, literature and in the media. Tsechu festival (Tsechu) is an important festival when mask dances, popularly known as Cham dances (Cham Dance), are performed in the courtyards of the Tashichhoe Dzong (Tashichoedzong, Bhutan) in Thimphu. It is a four-day festival held every year during Autumn (September October), on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar.