The arts and crafts of Bhutan that represents the exclusive "spirit and identity of the Himalayan kingdom" is defined as the art ofZorig Chosum, which means the “thirteen arts and crafts of Bhutan”; the thirteen crafts are carpentry, painting, paper making, blacksmithery, weaving, sculpting and many other crafts. The Institute of Zorig Chosum inThimphu is the premier institution of traditional arts and crafts set up 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; there is another similar institution in eastern Bhutan known as Trashi Yangtse.

The great 15th century tertön, Pema Lingpa is traditionally credited with introducing the arts into Bhutan. In 1680, Ngawang Namgyal, theZhabdrung Rinpoche, ordered the establishment of the school for instruction in the thirteen traditional arts. Although the skills existed much earlier, it is believed that thezorig chusum was first formally categorized during the rule of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye(1680-1694), the 4th Druk Desi (secular ruler).

In Thimphu there is also a foreign forms of modern painting known within Bhutan, the founding of VAST (Volunteer Artists’ Studio Thimphu) in 1998 came through the efforts of artists Karma Wangdi, Phurba Thinley Sherpa, Jigme Iotey, Pema Dorji and Rajesh Gurung. VAST provided a new type of education outside the classroom for Bhutanese culture and contemporary practices, and has encouraged more than 6000 Bhutanese youth to contribute to community service through summer art camps. VAST also holds weekend workshops in specific genres like oil painting, watercolour, basic drawing and even computer aided design. We can have a wonderful visit and exchange the art.

Art Tour (05 Days/ 04 Nights)

Day 01| Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1 Hr)
Day 02| Thimphu – Punakha (2 Hrs)
Day 03| Punakha – Paro (3 Hrs)
Day 04| Paro Sightseeing
Day 05| Departure:

Art to west and central Bhutan (11 days/ 10 Nights)

Day 01| Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1 Hr)
Day 02| Thimphu – Punakha (2 Hrs)
Day 01| Day 03| Punakha – Phobjikha (2 ½ Hrs)
Day 04| Phobjikha – Bumthang (5 Hrs)
Day 05| Bumthang Halt
Day 06| Bumthang Halt
Day 07| Bumthang – Trongsa (2 ½ Hrs)
Day 08| Trongsa – Punakha (3 Hrs)
Day 09| Punakha – Paro (3 Hrs)
Day 10| Paro Halt
Day 11| Departure:

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