National Institute For Zorig ChusumCurrently Open [Closes at 03:30 pm]
- Address: Street Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
- Timings: 10:00 am - 03:30 pm Details
- Phone: +975-2322302
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids, Arts And Crafts
The National Institute for Zorig Chusum is another of the Bhutanese government’s initiative to preserve local art and culture –commonly referred to as 'the painting school', offers four to six-year courses that provide training for students in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts including specialisingin calligraphy, painting, sculpture, wood carving, casting, pottery, embroidery, tailoring, weaving, masonry, silver and gold smithy. The sheer amount of talent that the youngsters so effortlessly flaunt is quite mind-boggling, and this vocational training carried out under the National Technical Training Authority, created in 1999, is equipping them with skills to sustain themselves for life.
The institute’s policy towards tourists is very friendly and you will be able to walk into classrooms and interact with the enthusiastic and responsive students in person. In fact, the establishment features on most tour operators’ itineraries, and you can view the skill and focus of the young students, first-hand. There is a handicraft shop next door where handicrafts made by the students are sold– the perfect place to round off your visit.
There are also several handicraft shops nearby to accommodate your touristy quota of souvenir purchases and the whole place is quite the photographer’s dreams as you can watch art being crafted before your very eyes in its various stages.
- Don’t forget to carry your camera.
- Be respectful of the fact that it is still a school. Converse with the students and interact freely but make sure you do not descend upon themin hordes.
- Carry snacks and bottled water with you as the nearest cafés are more than 15km away.
- Plums Cafe
- Zest Bar & Lounge
- Karma’s Coffee
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95% of people who visit Thimphu include National Institute For Zorig Chusum in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
56.47% of people start their National Institute For Zorig Chusum visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see National Institute For Zorig Chusum
57.5% of people prefer walking in order to reach National Institute For Zorig Chusum