National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Thimphu

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Exploring National Institute for Zorig Chusum allows you to observe students creating traditional Bhutanese artworks. The institute trains students in Bhutan's thirteen traditional art disciplines, including painting, woodcarving, embroidery, and clay work. A walk around the classrooms offers a deeper insight into the works that you may come across in the temples of the region, with much of the training undertaken here being utilized in temple decoration. The onsite shop sells some of the student-created works. By using our Thimphu trip itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to National Institute for Zorig Chusum and other attractions in Thimphu.
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  • The National Institute for Zorig Chusum in Thimphu was created by the government to promote Bhutan's traditional contemporary art forms. I have read that the words "Zorig Chusum" literally means...  more »
  • I had no idea that Bhutan offered this for any "non-academic" students so they could equally learn a skill and get employment. A real eye-opener and the quality of the work produced was amazing. I.....  more »
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  • The skills training institute is a good place to visit for the tourists to understand the bhutanese government's efforts to skill its youth. One can watch the students in action practising tailoring, brass ornament, painting and sculpture. There are different grades for each of these skills and most students learn here for 6 years and go on to establish their own businesses. The students interact with the visitors and explain the activity to the visitors if engaged. There is also a showroom where one can purchase the artefacts created by the students.

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