National Library of Bhutan

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National Library, Thimphu Overview

Established in 1967 in the heart of Thimphu, the National Library of Bhutan houses national archives of Bhutan along with Tibetan and Bhutanese texts and manuscripts. There are photo frames of historical incidents hanging on the wall, which are also quite fascinating. The place is tranquil, and you can find yourself engrossed in reading about Bhutanese history here.

At the National Library, all aspects of Bhutan are preserved, from religious to socio-political. There are books on every topic for the public’s easy accessibility. The inner walls have photo frames from the past, which give the library an aesthetic look.

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Books and Archives of the National Library of Bhutan

  • The library has several books which give a detailed description of Bhutan's ancient history and political life.
  • There are a lot of religious and spiritual books and inscriptions also. Collected Works of Padma Karpo is a significant highlight in the religious section.
  • The world's most influential books can also be found in the library.
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Manuscripts preserved at the National Library of Bhutan (Source)

History of the National Library of Bhutan

Established in 1967 under Queen Ashi Phuntso Choden, the library was the first set up in an utse of Tashichho Dzong. The present four-storied building was inaugurated in 1984, and since then, it has been preserving all sorts of religious, educational books and archives in its shelves.

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How To Reach National Library of Bhutan

The National Library is located above the Royal Thimphu Golf Course, in the Kawajangtsa area of Thimphu. Folk Heritage Museum and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum are located very nearby.

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