Folk Heritage Museum Bhutan – Depicting the Ancient Folk History

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Folk Heritage Museum Bhutan is located in its capital, i.e. Thimphu, which was established in the year 2001. The museum represents the great history of Bhutaneses material culture, visitors gain a marvelous insight of Bhutanese ancient time and their lifestyle. The entire museum has been set up inside a 19th century traditional house. Not only the visitors are amazed to see the artifacts and rural households, but also are introduced to the daily use household stuff. Also, the people are given strong awareness of the rich Bhutanese Folk heritage through exhibitions, demonstrations, documentations of the ancient rural life and educational programs, in order to build a strong connection.

Overview of Folk Heritage Museum Bhutan

The Folk Heritage Museum Bhutan is one of the most-visited places in Thimphu, as it is providing a detailed insight of the entire folk history and heritage of Bhutan. The museum therefore, conducts certain activities on a regular basis to ensure that the information is being transferred to the people in some interesting manner. This idea has never let the visitors get bored in any way.

Activities at the Folk Heritage Museum Bhutan

A seasonal rhythm is organized, which shows the things being done in a proper rural household, means what they used to do. Every time the visitors come here, they see completely different activities. The team at the museum, who participates and organizes the activities is expert enough in presenting the similar rural setting and environment of a conventional ancient household.

To make the activity look more of that time, they set up wheat and millet fields, paddy, the traditional water-mill with mill stones that are 150+ years old. The kitchens even depict the ancient traditional style with vegetable gardens that were grown by the people themselves 100 years back. Also, the traditional hot stone bath setup is there, which is still popular across Bhutan.

Apart from the activities, the Folk Heritage Museum Bhutan makes best of its efforts, so that it can keep sharing the knowledge about the native natural resources, trees and plants of Bhutan, which were used for domestic purposes in ancient time. They have created an oasis of greenery with of all this in the center of the Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. This will never let the locals forget about the Bhutanese heritage and will serve as a great source of information for their future generation and tourists.

Special offers at the Museum

At a very reasonable fee, tourists are offered specially to make their booking one week prior at least before their visit. This special offer includes demos of roasting rice or Zaw Ngowni, pounding rice or Tham Dhungni, extraction of oil or Markhu Tsene and brewing ara or Ara Kayne,within the boundaries of the museum.

Furthermore, if visitors are coming in a group with five or more members, then they can enjoy hearty traditional cuisines in open air lunch and dinner buffet. The menu includes traditional cuisines from all parts of the Kingdom.

Operating days and hours

The museum remains closed on Government holidays.  Hours of operation are between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday, between 10:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays and 11:30 am to 3:30 pm on Sundays.

How to Reach Fold Heritage Museum

The Phelchey Toenkhyim (Folk Heritage Museum), Kawajangsa, above National Library of Bhutan, Thimphu Bhutan.

Post Box: 2003

Tel# +975 02 327133

The museum will continue to make significant efforts to deliver great information of the Bhutanese rich culture and heritage for the coming generations and will keep on coming with methods to preserve them.

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