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The Archery Grounds in Paro hold traditional archery games occasionally. As archery is the national sport of Bhutan, the archers take great pride in the sport. It is quite captivating to see these skilled sportsmen on the archery ground stand at a distance of more than 100 metres and shoot the bird's eye flawlessly.
The ground is well maintained and traditional Bhutanese bows and arrows are used by archers. It is mostly visited after taking a round of Paro’s weekend market or Druk Choeding Temple. The sight of people hitting dead centre from a large distance is thrilling.
Archery in Bhutan
Archery was deemed the national sport of Bhutan in 1971, though the interest for the same was developed through Jigme Wangchuk, the second king of Bhutan. It was a major weapon against foreign invasions of the part and is a deep part of the culture of the Bhutanese people, considered one of their most important traditions. Thus, watching a game of archery at the archery grounds in Paro is a great way of viewing Bhutanese culture in action.
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