Paro Museum – Paro Bhutan
Visitors to Bhutan can see this National Museum when you fly into Bhutan and it is one of the sites that you take back with you when you leave Bhutan as the Paro Dzong/Fortress and the Museum is nearby to each other and you always fly past them.
This Museum was a watch tower in ancient times thus the windows are small and the passages are narrow and cold.
The cylindrical or conch shaped building was built in 1649 C.E. by the first Governor of Paro, Langonpa Tendzin Drugpa, the half brother of the Zhabdrung. The architecture of the building is unusual in that not only does the building resemble a conch shape with an internal spiral, but the building design also reflects the union of the sun (circular shape) and the moon (crescent shape) which can be seen from the outside. This union symbolizes fame and victory reflected in all directions.
The National Museum of Bhutan is among the few educational institutions that interpret the history and culture of Bhutan through its exhibits, conducting symposiums, publication of research findings and conservation of artifacts.It boasts a rich variety of artifacts from all over the country representing different eras, as early at 4000 B.C. to the present day.
A visit through the galleries shows the country’s transition from the Stone Age to a modern Mahayanist Buddhist and multicultural kingdom with its cultural heritage intact. The Museum is designed with connoisseurs, students, scholars and tourists in mind, and seeks to provide each visitor with a rich and colorful experience.
The National Museum performs an essential role as a preserver and promoter of Bhutanese cultural values.Preserving culture and cultural values is one of the Nine Domains of Gross National Happiness, the Bhutanese philosophy for national development.
Information Courtesy: National Museum of Bhutan
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