Thimphu Bhutan Museums
The Textile Museum in Thimphu offers a new platform for the textile and Bhutanese. The museum is housed in an old watchtower that now houses hundreds of ancient Buddhist artifacts and works of art, including a gold-plated bronze Buddha statue and 125,000 small Buddha statues enclosed in the chest of the Enlightened One. It houses the headings manifestation of Buddhist art, handmade utensils and other artifacts from ancient times.
The horse egg is one of the most valuable objects donated to the museum in 1969, and the next attractive gallery is a water clock, a unique instrument known in Bhutanese terminology as Chusang khorlo.
According to legend, this animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi Drupa Kunley, but it is only found in Bhutan and its surroundings. Apart from being the place where Shabdrung spent many years in meditation, Cheri has numerous hermitages and small temples on its slopes and spectacular views. It also has a library from 1616, when the religion of Tibetan Buddhism was introduced to Bhutan. In addition to thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts, the library also has a large collection of rare books and manuscripts as well as rare manuscripts from Tibet and other countries.
This wildlife reserve is home to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. The museum has also developed a large collection of native trees and plants that are used in rural households for various domestic purposes.
The ta-dzong, also known as the Fortress of the Glorious Religion, was built and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and stands on the site of a former monastery in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. It is the largest statue in the world, which sits at 51.5 m above the Thimbukh valley. Ta- dZong was renovated and opened in 1884, a few years after the death of its original owner, King Dzogchen Wangchi.
The aim of the museum is to gradually become a textile study centre, which carries out documentation, research and study of textiles from Bhutan. If you love antique collections, you can travel to Bhutan with a good travel agency that will help you bring the best of their culture and history to museums. Visit all the major museums covered here, as well as Tadzong, Thimphu Museum and National Museum.
The most important exhibit in the museum is the restored three-storey mud house from the mid-19th century. The museum has several galleries that offer an overview of Bhutanese history and cultural heritage, as well as a collection of artifacts and artefacts. It is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm, with a special opening ceremony on the first Saturday of the month and features a different gallery that offers a unique view of different parts of Thimphus history and culture.
The goemba represents a sandalwood statue of Chenrezig carved by Shabdrung before it was erected in the monastery. This is a fortress temple and monastic school perched on the crest of Thimphu, south of Motithang. The temple was built at a place chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from Tibet to Chittagong, the capital of Bhutan, as a disciple of the Dalai Lama.
He became Leonardo da Vinci of the Great Himalayas and is often called the "King of the open fields" (Thang Thong Gyalpo). This stupa was built in honour of Lama Shabdrung, popularly known as the "father of modern Bhutan." The Ta-DZong, located in Rinpung Dzong, was originally built to protect it from attacks from Tibet and India.
The present structure was built in the 1960s and also shows some of the most famous temples of Bhutan, such as the Zangthoo-Pelri and the Dzong. Although it lacks charm, it still has impressive murals, art and treasures and is worth a visit.
The galleries are divided into three sections, bounded by the Dzong, Epigraphic and Numismatic Galleries and the Zhabdrung Era. The Zhedrung era galleries illuminate the dzongs, which are connected with the life of Zabdung and his works and his lineage. Both have inscriptions and footprints that tell about the culture and history of Bhutan.
The main attraction of the museum is the collection of artifacts from the Dzong, epigraphy and numismatics galleries, as well as from the Zhabdrung era. In this museum you can find a number of objects used by members of the royal family, such as coins, jewelry and other art objects.
The galleries from the 18th and 19th centuries show a pair of Dzong dynasty arrows as well as a number of items used by members of the royal family, such as swords and spears. Weapons and armour are on display, along with a long matchlock pistol known as the cannon spear Tshanda, a sword and a dagger.
For a glimpse into the future of traditional Bhutanese art, here you can see a collection of artworks that are mentioned in the context of the Dzong Dynasty from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.