Students of Thuksel Early Learning Center (Day 33 – 2016)

Students of Thuksel Early Learning Center - Bhutan
Students of Thuksel Early Learning Center – Bhutan

The children, in their traditional Bhutanese dress, were playing in the yard of the Thuksel Early Learning Center in Paro, Bhutan. The teachers gave me permission to photograph for a few minutes and this group was very excited to line up and pose for me. I was especially taken with the little girl in front who stood perfectly still while everyone around her jostled for position.

Buddha Dodenma Watches over Thimphu (Day 31-2016)

Buddha Dodenma: Thimphu
Buddha Dodenma: Thimphu
The Buddha Dodenma is a 51.5 meter (169 foot) tall statue that overlooks Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The bronze statue, gilded in gold was still under construction when I visited it in October 2014, yet the watchful eyes already had a commanding presence.

Intricate Handiwork in Bhutan’s Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre (Day 29 – 2016)

Intricate weaving - Bhutan
Intricate weaving – Bhutan

Still in Bhutan (photograph was taken Oct 3 2014), we stop at a weaving facility, Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre. In here are a couple of rooms where women are sitting on the floor with their looms, handweaving cloth. The yarn is bright and colourful and the patterns are intricate.

(photograph taken October 3, 2014)

Bhutanese Homes in Lobesa Village (Day 28 – 2016)

Lobesa Village, Bhutan
Lobesa Village, Bhutan

An effort to preserve culture & tradition is a huge part of Bhutan, and one of the areas is in their housing construction. The exterior design of the windows and wood items has been the same for over 100 years.

Traditionally, Bhutanese houses are two stories. The upper floor is used as a living area or chosham and the ground floor is for the cattle.