Choki Traditional Art SchoolCurrently Open
- Address: Kabesa Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +975-2380219
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Shopping Center, Arts And Crafts
This art school is just a sheer delight for a visit. Established in 1999, it fulfils a cleverly-crafted dual objective – it educates children whose formal education was discontinued due to socio-economic reasons by equipping them with the skills of traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You know what they say about teaching a person to fish, instead of giving them a fish – these youngsters are able to have a means of livelihood while simultaneously contributing to the preservation of indigenous Bhutanese culture.
The brains behind the project is Dasho Choki Dorji, who also established the first painting school in Bhutan with the support of Her Royal Highness Ashi Dechen Wangmo Wangchuck in the early 1970s. Offering general courses in traditional drawing, painting, sculpturing and wood carving, the institute also gives students the option of pursuing specialised courses in Thanka (scroll, Debri painting, Fresco) and Patra (wood carving) based on their personal inclinations, in addition to basic English, maths and Dzongkha.
Visiting the school is joyful experience with kids running around, genuinely interested in the arts, producing pieces with admirable quality. It’d be a good idea to call ahead so that they can maybe find someone to show you around the premises properly and lend you some context to the establishment over the course of your visit.
- To get to Choki Art School you need to drive approx 10km north of Thimphu to Kabesa (direction Tango monastery), but it is very much worth your while.
- You can buy the kids’ skilful craftwork from the institute, and by doing so you are contributing to the school!
- The handicrafts are of excellent quality and come with a seal of the Choki Tradition Art School.
- The schoolcan be reached by bus.
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95% of people who visit Thimphu include Choki Traditional Art School in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
35.14% of people start their Choki Traditional Art School visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Choki Traditional Art School
93.11% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Choki Traditional Art School
Arrange for a guided tour of the Choki Traditional Art School, where you can see various levels of students learning wood-carving, sewing, painting, drawing, etc. The concentration and skill of the students is fascinating. The school used to focus on boarding male students, but having girls as day students, until a young British girl visited the school and asked why there were no girls. When she was told that the school did not have funds to build a girls' dormitory, the girl went back to London and engaged her friends in bake sales and other projects to raise money for the girls' dorm. Her father was so impressed with his daughter's tenacity and generosity that he donated the remainder of the funds - and today, there is a girls' dorm at the Choki School. There is a gift shop that features work done by the students, so buying products is a great way to support the school, but also have a hand-made piece of Bhutanese art.
Impressive to see how serious the students study, and what pieces of art they already have created.
Must see when in Bhutan.