Despite being a fairly obscure country, Bhutan is a mystical land that is enveloped by wonder. Bordering China to the North and India to the South, Bhutan is effectively sandwiched between two countries that are renowned for their respectively unique cultures and historical heritage. Bhutan has a unique and fascinating culture of her own, and the visuals arts play a major role.
Paro is considered to be Bhutan’s most sacred and historic town, but despite being located in a historical valley, Paro contains many modern establishments such as COMO Uma Bhutan, a sought after Paro hotel, as well as the country’s one and only international airport.
A short distance away, lies the National Institute of Zorig Chusum, a highly renowned art school that is keeping the art of Bhutan alive. The institute is known as ‘The Painting School’, and offers rigorous courses to her students in the traditional art of Bhutan. These courses can range from four to six years. Throughout the duration of these rigorous courses, students are taught the ancient ways of Painting as a primary focus. Bhutanese painting can be carried out on canvas or furniture, and thangkas, which are paintings of a religious nature, are the most traditional of Bhutanese canvas art.
Additionally, students are also taught the art of statue-making, wood-carving and embroidery. The skilled demonstrations that are showcased and organised by the institution consistently attract a bounty of photographers, and visitors who happen to grace the institute are amazed when they discover the religious and cultural significance behind the teachings.
So if culture and heritage are of interest to you, perhaps a visit to Bhutan and the National Institute of Zorig Chusum would be of ideal interest. The unique pieces are also sold for very low prices.
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